(Updated) Behold, a 2011 JCW test mule with the front valance almost completely exposed courtesy of Leftlanenews. While there are exposed rivets and the trim isn’t final, this brake test mule does have the final shape of the new brake ducts that will be standard on the 2011 Cooper S. Brake ducts have been a long time coming for the MINI. As any R53 track junky would tell you, one of the first things go after a few hard laps are the brakes. While MINI introduced larger front rotors with the R56 Cooper S, there still wasn’t direct cooling ducts found on most BMWs. As you can see above MINI will be addressing this with the 2011 refresh.
While it’s our best look yet it’s still not the entire 2011 JCW (or MCS). We also expect new headlights, wheels and rear bumpers on all models. In fact for a full rundown on what to expect for the 2011 MINI, check out these articles.
Look for the refresh to launch in September for the R55 Clubman, R56, hatch and R57 convertible. Along with it will be a new diesel line-up engines (not destined for the US market) and uprated Cooper (120hp) and Cooper S (179 hp) Cooper S powerplants.