There's been several people recently that claim to have heard information on the new Cooper RS. The rumor is that it'll be a car that MINI produces in house and will have 200hp. Suspiciously it sounds a lot like the John Cooper Works MINI that was suppose to be sold through dealerships starting sometime later this year. That car also has 200hp.

Here are some of the latest threads (via minicooperonline.com):
2004 MINI RS

MINI Cooper RS