Last week we dropped the bomb that there would be little change to the JCW in the way of exterior visual distinction other than an optional red roof. Today we get confirmation (photos courtesy of our friends at Bigblogg) of that with the first leaked photos of the new JCW range with one small exception; it would seem that the 2011 JCW will be picking up the black version of its current 17″ wheel as seen on the limited edition WC50. Otherwise the JCW will remain unchanged and as (almost) subtle as ever. Inside however things are a little more interesting with grey faced gauged and unique black leather lounge seating with red piping as an option.

Reported last week on MF, there will be no upgrade in terms of performance for the 2011 JCW. Yes that means no Valvetronic for the fastest MINI. Euro5 emissions compliance apparently made it difficult to justify the change. So the gap between the Cooper S (at 182 hp) and the JCW (at 208) has gotten slightly smaller.

With this refresh comes new colors (inside and out) and updated packages.

The 2011 MINI will quite a few other small revisions such as xenon headlights that swivel with the steering and auto-dip passenger side mirror for parallel parking. We’ll be detailing more of the smaller changes soon however if you can’t wait you can find dozens of articles on many of the updates within the 2011 LCI section.

We will have quite a bit more on the 2011 JCW when final specifications are released. But until then, here it is in all of it’s glory.