CarAdvice was there when the new-generation Mini John Cooper Works was unveiled for the first time in Australia at the launch of the new Mini Garage Sydney.
The reveal was the highlight of a celebration, attended by celebrities, media, customers and staff.
The Mini dealership was previously located alongside BMW Sydney in Rushcutters Bay and the new location at Alexandria gives Mini its own home base.
The performance hero of the Mini brand attracted a lot of attention at the event, with its sharp looks and promise of even greater performance than its predecessor.
The car will be officially launched in Australia in July 2015 but those in attendance at the event had the chance to see it up close.
With a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 0-100km/hr time of 6.1sec with the six-speed automatic gearbox, we can’t wait to get behind the wheel.
The new-gen JCW boasts redesigned suspension, brembo brakes, electromechanical power steering and adaptive dampers.
The JCW has a distinct design that includes a rear spoiler, larger cooling air inlets and different contours around the wheel arches.
Its special inside too, with JCW sports seats and gear lever, as well as a specific central instrument display surround.
Here in Australia we’ll see 18-inch JCW wheels with run-flat tyres, rear-view camera and 8.8-inch screen, heads-up display and parking sensors.