Autocar recently spent some time back to back with the F56 MINI JCW and the Fiat 500 Abarth 595. The 595 is a runout special for the 500 as Fiat prepares for its follow-up model. While it’s not as special as some of the previous special editions, it does put down 177bhp and that characteristic loud warble from the exhaust.

But can it compete with the 228 hp MINI JCW? Let’s find out.