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New turbocharged mill for Mini JCW

Mini Cooper JCW Concept
Adam Schoeman

According to insiders close to Mini’s John Cooper Works division, the next generation of Mini’s high performance-tuned JCW vehicles will be receiving a new, more potent engine.

The current Mini Cooper S is powered by a BMW-derived 2,0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 141 kW and 280 Nm of torque, but in JCW guise, this could be pushed up to 170 kW.

While that’s a decent amount of additional power over and above the standard Cooper S, the current range-topping JCW engine, linked to the JCW Paceman, produces 160 kW and 280 Nm from its 1,6-litre unit, making the relative increase within the JCW sub-brand relatively small.

However, what will make the older engine feel its age is that Mini has decided to ramp up the torque on the new 2,0-litre JCW engine, endowing it with a mighty 350 Nm. That means the new-generation of JCW’s will have a full 70 Nm more than the current JCW power plant.

Mini’s JCW cars have always been impressive when it comes to midrange response and overtaking ability, but with the added torque, we can only imagine how fierce the experience of dropping a cog and planting your right foot will be in the future…

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