For several years MINI has been working on how to properly position the JCW sub-brand now that they have full access to BMW technology. The first glimpse into these efforts will be the internet debut of the 2015 MINI F56 JCW in December followed by the public debut in Detroit this January. The first JCW of MINI’s new era will pack the B48B20O0 2.0L four cylinder that will have an output of around 230 hp and torque over 255 ft lbs. With weight around 2,800 lbs this would give the 2015 JCW the best power to weight ratio of any MINI ever – by healthy margin.
The B48B20O0 will be the same engine that BMW will install in the 225i AT – aka the higher-end front wheel drive BMW due in 2015. Sources tell us however that the character of both engines will be quite different given very unique engine mapping and electronics. In other words the BMW will e about effortless performance where the MINI will be more raucous in character.
But fast MINIs have rarely been dominated by the engine and the 2015 F56 JCW will be no exception. The new JCW will feature a revised suspension which will allow for less body roll and ultimately even more feel through the wheel. However the biggest upgrade beyond the power for track junkies will be the brakes which feature larger rotors, calipers and a more aggressive pad compound.
What you see above is what you’ll get. Minus some stickers and the extra coat of paint on the wheels. Look for 17″ wheels standard with 18s optional. The areo-kit will be a tweaked version of the JCW aero-kit that’s hitting showrooms as we speak. All told the F56 JCW will be a much more unique looking MINI than any previous JCWs save the GPs.
While the JCW will debut at NAIAS in early January, we won’t see the JCW hit showrooms until March throughout Europe and late Spring in the North American market. Pricing should be consistent with the previous generation JCW albeit with a substantial performance boost making it a bit more or a financially interesting prospect.