Next-Gen Mini John Cooper Works to Receive Upgraded Engine

By | July 02, 2014
The next generation of Mini John Cooper Works models will cast aside the old 1.6-liter engine for an upgraded 2.0-liter direct-injection powerplant. According to a new report from Autocar, the new engine will produce around 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This is just 16 more horsepower and 52 more lb-ft of torque over the old engine, but these changes could still make a big difference on the road. The new 2.0-liter engine for JCW models is part of a lineup of new B48 engines produced by BMW for a wide range of cars. The new 2.0-liters will be paired with either a new six-speed manual transmission or updated six-speed automatic transmission.
The announcement doesn't come as much of a surprise, considering Mini showed off a JCW concept with a 2.0-liter engine back in January at the Detroit auto show. This model also featured lightweight wheels, a lowered suspension, and a more aggressive exhaust for a bolder vibe. Hopefully these features will make it to the production version, which is set to launch at next year's Detroit show. For now, check out our reviews of the redesigned 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop and Mini Cooper S. Source: Autocar U.K.