Much has been made of the next generation MINI Cooper models with their drastically new styling; far less has been made of the performance-centric John Cooper Works lineup, largely due to the absence of an attention-grabbing design change.
Despite the lack of aesthetic changes, the John Cooper Works range will feature a new engine for the 2013 model year. The new engine still comes in the form of a 1.6 liter four cylinder engine that features a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection. However, this latest iteration has variable valve control providing the 2013 models with better drivability and reduced emissions. Unfortunately, power output remains the same as 208 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque, though a new overboost feature can add a bit more “oomph” for brief periods of time, raising torque output to 207 pound-feet.
Countryman fans will be pleased to learn that John Cooper Works Countryman models will boast 211 horsepower to compensate for their added size and weight. All models will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, though a six-speed is now available for each vehicle if desired.
New MINI John Cooper Works vehicles will be available at U.S. dealerships this July.
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