As it puts the final touches on the battery-powered Hardtop, it unveiled a pair of hot-rodded, John Cooper Works-badged models that jointly stand out as the most powerful cars it has ever made. In fact, MINI says these new JCW cars are "by some measure the most powerful models in the brand's sixty year history".
In both cars, a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four produces 306 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.
Mini claims a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4,9 seconds for the Clubman JCW (1,4 seconds quicker than before), while the Countryman JCW now completes the sprint in 5,1 seconds, shedding 1,5 seconds off its forebear's time. The top speed also climbs to an electronically limited 155 miles per hour (250 km/h). A new mechanical differential lock has also been drafted in to keep the power in check, calibrated with the stability control system to ensure better traction on poor surfaces or in bad weather.
An adaptive chassis is the upgrade from the standard sport chassis, with both being 10 mm lower than non-JCW versions.
An uprated John Cooper Works brake system incorporating larger discs and four-pot callipers aft has been fitted to bring these models to a halt, while a new exhaust system lends some aural drama.
Styling-wise, there's not a whole lot new on the outside, as both cars look almost identical as before.
Red contrast stitching highlights the steering wheel and bucket seats.
The LED taillights feature the Union Jack design.
The turbo four spins the four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission - the stick is gone, sadly - and Mini's All4 all-wheel drive system.