MINI has just launched its third-generation Cooper, and the car is available for the first time in Cooper 5 five-door trim. However, the variant we’re most interested in is the high-performance John Cooper Works.

We’ve already seen a concept version of the new JCW, as well as some prototypes, and we should see the vehicle make its debut in the next 12 months, possibly at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show next January. We’ve now learned that the new JCW will be packing about 230 horsepower when that debut happens, up from the current model’s 208-hp rating.

The information was first reported by Autocar, citing an anonymous source. The new JCW is expected to feature the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in the latest MINI Cooper S, but with the final output likely pegged at 231 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Upgrading to a 2.0-liter block over the current JCW’s 1.6-liter mill should leave plenty of potential for further upgrades.

Drive will be to the front wheels only, and buyers will have the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.


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