According to Autocar, the John Cooper Works (JCW) variants of the new generation of Mini models will use an uprated iteration of the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine currently powering the third generation Mini Cooper S.
If the magazine's sources are correct the JCW version will develop 172kW of power and 350Nm of torque. That's up substantially on the 141kW and 280Nm (300Nm on overboost) available in the Cooper S.
The styling of the new Mini John Cooper Works three-door hatch was previewed in a concept car (above) that debuted at this year's Detroit Motor Show. It's expected that the production car will take a bow at the beginning of 2015 in Detroit, and that spotting the differences between the it and the concept will take a keen eye.
The new JCW hatch is expected to significantly outpoint the outgoing John Cooper Works hatch. In regular form the current JCW has 155kW/260Nm on tap from its 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, and is capable of completing the 0-100km/h standard in 6.5 seconds and going through to a top speed of 238km/h.
In John Cooper Works GP trim the same motor develops 160kW of power and 260Nm of torque (280Nm on overboost). This allows the JCW GP to sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 242km/h.
Stay tuned for more on the new Mini JCW as it comes to hand.