Spied: 2012 Mini Coupe JCW

MINI's Coupe is coming! Our spy photographers have snapped the clearest pictures yet of a pair of camouflaged MINI Coupes, ahead of the car's launch date later this year. But these aren't just another set of images, they confirm that a hot John Cooper Works model will be part of the line up and reveal a number of other important details, too.

Previewed by the 2009 MINI Coupe concept, it's clear that the production version will stick rigidly to the original show car's styling. Take a close look at the camouflaged areas and you can see the same floating-roof design that forms the roof spoiler, plus the steeply-raked rear screen. The uncovered bodywork is identical to the MK2 MINI Hatchback on which the Coupe is based.

Giveaways that this is the range-topping JCW variant include the large-diameter, centrally-mounted twin exhaust pipes, plus badging on the wheels and front grille of the lighter-coloured car. A deeper front spoiler and side skirts also hint at the two-seater's potential.

Look carefully at the black car and you can make out a pop-up rear spoiler, which deploys above certain speeds. And it should prove useful as this JCW version is will get the same turbocharged 1.6-litre powerplant as the hatch, producing 211bhp and capable of hitting a top speed of around 150mph.

The Coupe is the first in a rash of new models on the way from MINI over the next few years, including a two-seater roadster, a production version of the Countryman-based Paceman coupe and possibly even a showroom-ready incarnation of the pocket-sized MINI Rocketman shown at Geneva this month. For more details click here.

Thanks to: Auto Express

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