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The brand new 2016 MINI JCW has been recently previewed ahead of its public debut which will be taking place in Detroit, next month, during the 2015 NAIAS.

The newest and most powerful model in the British carmaker’s history is called the 2016 MINI JCW. The pocket rocket has been recently previewed, over the web for the moment, ahead of its official unveil which will be taking place during the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), in Detroit. The model in question has received a multi-link rear suspension, based on the underpinnings of the Cooper S, along with a single joint spring strut front, adaptive dampers with sport and comfort settings, offered as an option, and Brembo brakes.

The 2016 MINI JCW is also differentiating from the current Cooper and Cooper S thanks to the 17-inch standard wheels and to the 18-inch ones, offered as an option. Electromechanical power steering is coming with a torque steer compensation function, which will reduce self-steer tendencies, and the ESC has incorporated an electronic differential lock. In terms of looks, the new MINI JCW has been inspired by the concept car and it is coming with the front and rear bumpers, LED headlights, JCW badges and several other tweaks.

The interior design of the third-gen Cooper range model is more spacious for the rear passengers and it is also getting a larger boot, at 211 liters, from 166 liters. Soft touch plastics have been used in the cabin, along with better materials. Here we can also find the black anthracite finish for the roof liner, the stainless steel pedals, the steering wheel and gearshift lever wrapped in leather, the red highlights on the seats and center console and so on.

Driving assistant functions include the rearview camera, high beam assist, collision and pedestrian warning with auto braking, adaptive cruise control, head-up display and road sign detection. The 2016 MINI JCW is also getting the touch sensitive controller for the 8.8-inch Navigation System Professional, along with the in-built SIM card for emergency call function and for internet connectivity.

The most important part of the model is found under its hood, where the 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol turbo engine is resting. This is capable of producing a total output of 228 HP (170 kW) at 5,200 – 6,000 rpm, and a peak torque of 320 Nm (236 lb-ft), available between 1,250 and 4,800 rpm. The old JCW engine, the 1.6L one, was good for 208 HP (155 kW) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to these figures, and to the optional 6-speed transmission, the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration takes 6.1 seconds. In the 6-speed manual the sprint is made in 6.3 seconds. The average fuel consumption is 5.7L / 100km in the automatic an 6.7L / 100km in the manual.