The single pipe is real and it’s coming to the new F66 MINI Cooper JCW. It’s a shocking move that many didn’t believe was true despite photos and our reporting. However we can now confirm at 100% certainty that the 2025 MINI Cooper JCW will have a large diameter (for a MINI) single pipe exhaust. Why? Read on.

The car pictured above and below is a F66 Cooper JCW however we’ve seen the single exhaust also on the F67 JCW Convertible our photographers caught testing earlier this year. At first it was rather crude and appeared to be temporary. However as the test mules have progressed, we’ve seen clear signs production intent design elements. What does this mean for the forthcoming 2025 F66 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S? We’ll have more on that tomorrow.

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In this exclusive zoomed in photo you can see a central exhaust and single pipe that looks to be in nearly final production form.
The current F56 Cooper S Exhaust design shows that the “dual exhaust” is nothing more than two small pipes from a single exhaust.

In the meantime the exclusive image of a F67 JCW Convertible above clearly shows the single exhaust pipe and even some final production trim. Note the stainless steel sleeve on the outlet, the transversely mounted exhaust and even the aluminum shield underneath it. Look even closer and you’ll see the production version of the single LED reverse light just above the exhaust tip which (one could imagine) would look somewhat integrated with the cutout of the pipe.

Why a single exhaust pipe? Let’s start with the exhaust itself. One thing that most don’t know is that the MINI Cooper S and JCW have had a single muffler system since the R56. The fact that two outlets came out the back has primarily been for aesthetics.

In fact there have been more than a few MINI race cars over the years that have gone with the exhaust single pipe design. Why? When asked they consistently have told us it’s both more power efficient and lighter. So in other words exactly what you want in both race cars and modern performance cars.

Bulldog Racing’s 2022 24 Hours of Nurburgring race car was one of many racing MINIs that had a single pipe.

Why wouldn’t MINI have always had a single exhaust? It comes down to marketing and the very simple concept; two exhaust pipes means more power than one in the eyes of the car buying public. In fact you’ll see this on display later this year when the quad-exhaust JCW Countryman debuts.

Single exhaust pipe or not, the next generation F66 MINI Cooper is coming very soon. Heavily based on the F56, the F66 generation will see the same engines (albeit only 2.0L four cylinders) and most of the same mechanicals. However there will be a move to restyle the car closer to the J01 electric MINI Cooper and add that cars radically new circular display and interior layout.

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The MINI JCW Team and its single exhaust at Road America

As you can see with our exclusive look below, MINI will continue to offer a wide variety of ICE models alongside it’s all new J01 electric MINI Cooper and U25 electric (and ICE) Countryman.

Most models will receive a notable power increase with the exception of the Euro Countryman JCW and the F66 JCW. Also note that the US will not be getting the Countryman C and will only receive the S and JCW.

The New MINI Countryman FamilyDrivetrainPricingStart of Production
U25 MINI Countryman C (1)167 HP (Petrol)39.900€11/2023
U25 MINI Countryman D (1)TBA42.900€11/2023
U25 MINI Countryman S ALL4 214 HP EU / 241 HP US45.900€11/2023
U25 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4300 HP EU / 313 HP US56.500€03/2024
The New MINI Cooper FamilyDrivetrainPricingStart of Production
F66 MINI Cooper155 HP (Petrol)TBD07/2024
F66 MINI Cooper S200 HP (Petrol)TBD07/2024
F66 MINI Cooper JCW231 HP (Petrol)TBD11/2024
F65 MINI Cooper 5 Door155 HP (Petrol)TBD07/2024
F65 MINI Cooper S 5 Door200 HP (Petrol)TBD07/2024
F67 MINI Cooper Convertible155 HP (Petrol)TBD11/2024 (est)
F67 MINI Cooper S Convertible200 HP (Petrol)TBD11/2024 (est)
F67 MINI Cooper JCW Convertible231 HP (Petrol)TBD03/2025 (est)
1. Not available in the US. 2. US HP figure – the EU will get 300 hp.

For more coverage of the new generation MINI, check out the following articles and videos.

MINI Cooper EV: Premier | MINI Cooper EV: Hands-On Review | MINI Cooper EV: Video Review

MINI Countryman EV: Premier | MINI Countryman EV: Hands-On Review | MINI Countryman EV: Video Review

New MINI Family: 1st Look Video | MINI Circular Display & MINI OS9 Hands-On Review