Last year, Mini used the Detroit Show to reveal the crossover Clubman. The riotous little, 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop — announced Monday at the Detroit Auto Show — gets the Brit-brand back to its performance small car roots.
Named after company founder John Cooper, Works is the most powerful Mini ever.
Available in both three and five-door skin, the Mini's 2-liter turbo four lives up to the Cooper performance badge. This bandy-legged, front-wheel drive runt gets a steroid infusion with 228 horses compared to the previous gen's 189. Zero-60 goes by in a mere 5.9 seconds (manual in 6.1). You'll know it buy its six-six! — front air scoops feeding the beast within.
In line with 55 years of track experience, the Mini gains Brembo brakes and suspension tweaks to go with its added muscle. Throw in 17-inch light alloy wheels and rear spoiler and the Works looks as fierce as it performs.
The third-door hatch adds practicality to the Works model. The luggage compartment expands to 34 cubic feet when the rear seats are down. Up front, Piano Black seats with red trim will keep you grounded even as you fling the Cooper around the countryside. Somehow Mini has also found room to stuff the Mini with the latest tech toys including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning, and a Park Assistant Package.