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NAIAS 2014 Preview: MINI John Cooper Works Concept revealed ahead of Detroit debut

NAIAS 2014 Preview: MINI John Cooper Works Concept revealed ahead of Detroit debut image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted December 23, 2013 07:50

Concept represents the next generation of the small car segment's fascinating top sports car

MINI will show visitors what their genuine passion for racing in the MINI John Cooper Works Concept.

The MINI John Cooper Works Concept represents the next generation of the small car segment's fascinating top sports car.  The model-specific features of the car's exterior design are instantly recognizable, deriving directly from the technical requirement for optimized air ducting and precisely controllable handling in extremely sporty driving situations. Among other things, the MINI John Cooper Works Concept has very large air inlets in the front apron and a rear spoiler as well as distinctively designed side sills and rear apron. What is more, 18-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels, a sports brake system and a sports exhaust system reflect drivetrain and suspension technology developed with extensive race track expertise.

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MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S models with newly developed transmissions and engines, and extensively optimized suspension will be available at the market launch. Both can be fitted with either the standard 6-speed manual transmission or the optional 6-speed automatic transmission depending on preference.  The engines and transmissions, a weight-optimized design and improved aerodynamic properties along with extensive MINIMALISM technology all contribute to the enhanced efficiency of the new MINI.

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The new MINI tangibly provides increased freedom of movement and the luggage compartment has been expanded by 30 percent.  A new display and operating concept along with innovative driver assistance systems and the latest MINI Connected features allow even more intensive interaction between driver and MINI.  The new MINI is also the first automobile in its class to be fitted with LED headlamps and a Head-Up Display.