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.
You also get LED headlights that now feature a Matrix high beam function, Radio MINI Visual Boost with Connected/Connected Navigation and a 6.5-inch touchscreen (upgradeable to an 8.8-inch unit with Connected Navigation Plus), sport seats and steering wheel, a new gear lever and anthracite headliner. Red accents and model-specific 18-inch alloy wheels add a finishing touch to the look.
A new exhaust system has been added for aural drama.
CarAdvice has contacted Mini's local arm regarding availability and timing of the new JCW Clubman and Countryman models for Australia, and is awaiting a response.
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. That's that's 55 kW and 100 N.m more than the previous 2,0-litre unit. In both models, top speed is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour.
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.
Speaking of the brakes, the front discs measure 360mm at the front and 330mm at the rear, with new four-piston calipers at the rear.
According to Mini, the Countryman returns a combined fuel consumption figure of 7,3 L/100 km and The Clubman a slightly less economical 7,4 L/100 km.