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Spied: 2018 Mini Cooper JCW refresh busy at the Nurburgring


Mini Cooper JCW update prototype spotted with little camouflage

The Mini Cooper JCW will be receiving another facelift it seems after our spies managed to take pictures of what appears to be the prototype hot hatch making laps around the 'Ring. Based on the photos provided the three-door hatch will get a minor facelift, as well as a revised powertrain.

Starting at the front, it looks like Mini has been busy reshaping the headlight surrounds as well as the front portion of the hood. While we're not entirely sure as to what will the final design be, our best guess is that it will have a similar design with the new concepts shown during the Frankfurt Motor Show.


Around the back however, Mini is indeed changing up the overall look of the hot hatch's rear. Upon closer inspection, the taillights will likely adopt a Union Jack motif as seen in both the JCW GP and Electric Concepts. The rear bumper, on the other hand, could get a slight redesign or a new trim piece. Beyond that, almost everything appears the same as before.

While the exterior only gets minor updates, it's under the hood that Mini is apparently busier. For starters, the engines will supposedly receive a revised turbocharging system. In the upcoming update, both the exhaust manifold and turbocharger will be housed together in the cylinder head as opposed to being separate. There will also be a better cooling system that will help reduce C02 emissions. Output-wise, it's also highly likely that Mini will inject more power in the JCW.

Aside from the fire-breathing JCW, Mini will reportedly be making upgrades as well on standard Cooper models. Three-cylinder models will have a new turbocharger casing made from aluminum while four-cylinder models will have casings made from steel. On top of that, future Mini models may soon be specified with dual-clutch gearboxes.

As for other styling updates, new ambient or mood lighthing could make its way in both the JCW and standard Cooper models. Additional exterior colors and cabin trim are expected to be available as well in the hatchback.

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