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by Brett Davis

MINI has been spotted testing the new MINI Roadster JCW edition on Germany’s Nurburgring. The new car will feature the John Cooper Works engine and some sporty revisions to the handling characteristics and exterior cosmetics.

From the front we can see the JCW will exhibit a low front chin spoiler giving it an aggressive face and helping air flow past the car in high-speed circumstances. This front spoiler then blends in the suit a revised side-skirt bodykit and enhanced rear bumper. The rear end looks fairly aggressive with the JCW kit, a lot more than the standard Roadster version.

JCW doesn’t just fit fancy bodykits though. The Roadster JCW is expected to be powered by the 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine seen in other JCW MINIs. This absolute cracker of a engine produces 155kW of power and 280Nm of torque. In the normal Cooper JCW, the engine is able to propel the car from 0-100km/h in a very decent 6.6 seconds. The Roadster is likely to offer very similar acceleration.

Other enhancements on the new model will include bigger wheels and brakes, sportier suspension and a cool pop-up rear spoiler, to set it apart from the rest of the MINI range.

The MINI Roadster JCW is expected to go on sale sometime in 2012.




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