2025 Mini John Cooper Works hot hatch spied

Mini’s redesigned Cooper hatchback starts sales later this year as a 2025 model, though only the gas-powered version will reach the U.S. initially. Timing for the electric version hasn’t been announced but it will likely be in 2026, when production of the EV starts at Mini’s U.K. plant. Currently the EV is built exclusively in China.

The gas version was revealed in February, but only in base and Cooper S grades. The high-performance John Cooper Works grade is still out testing and we have fresh spy shots of a prototype.

Clear giveaways that this is a JCW include the extra intakes in the front fascia, the front splitter, the chunky side skirts, the roof-mounted rear wing, and the red brake calipers. There’s also a rear diffuser with a single exhaust tip exiting out of the center.

The electric Cooper will also receive the JCW treatment, and a prototype for this model has also been previously spotted.

2025 Mini John Cooper Works spy shots - Photo credit: Baldauf

2025 Mini John Cooper Works spy shots – Photo credit: Baldauf

The electric version of the redesigned Cooper is based on a newly developed dedicated EV platform, while the gas version is essentially a major update of the outgoing Cooper. This means the gas-powered JCW should feature its predecessor’s 2.0-liter turbo-4, perhaps with a bit more horsepower than the older model’s 228-hp rating.

Drive should go to the front wheels only, via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Don’t plan on a manual option. Mini has confirmed the 2024 model year as the last for the manual. The limited-edition 2024 JCW 1to6 Edition launched last May marked the end of the transmission’s run at Mini.

A redesigned JCW Countryman packing 312 hp has already been revealed for the 2025 model. It reaches U.S. dealerships in May, priced from just under $48,000. A JCW Convertible is also in the works.

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