Noticeable additions on this test car are the more aggressive front bumper with larger air intakes, and the extra hard-core race style rear diffuser with signature John Cooper Works oversize exhaust tips, centrally mounted.
This new car also seems to sit significantly lower than the previous Challenge car, indicating a beefed up suspension package for even sharper handling.
You might also notice the dinner plate size rotors on the front wheels. They’re slotted, and with what looks like 4-6 pot calipers on board, for full strength stopping power.
Let’s just hope this is what we think it is, as any new version of a performance MINI Cooper is always welcome in our CarAdvice garages.