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Mini John Cooper Works hits UK showrooms

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The new Mini John Cooper Works has hit Britain's roads and is quickly gaining itself a reputation as the hottest hatchback around.

Cited as the 'most powerful production Mini ever', it boasts a 231bhp, 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine which which will get it from 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds with the standard six-speed manual gearbox, or 6.1 seconds with the optional automatic transmission. The top speed for both the manual and the automatic transmission is 153mph.

With racy, bucket style seats that match the sporty, aerodynamic exterior, the Mini is sure to turn heads - especially combined with the racing-inspired sound that comes out of the sports exhaust.

The model, which has been produced in what is Mini's 55th year, is described as being 'totally distinct' from the lesser Mini Cooper S. The engine is more muscular, producing 320Nm of torque, compared to the 280Nm available in the Cooper S. This allows the driver to accelerate faster during overtakes - going from 50 to 75mph in just 5.6 seconds, which is a 10 per cent improvement.

BMW's 'Minimalism' fuel-saving and energy-reducing technology, which comes as standard in every Mini, has helped to make this sporty car as frugal as possible. The manual transmission Mini boasts combined fuel consumption of 42.2mpg, whereas the automatic transmission boosts this to 49.6mpg. CO2 emissions are 155g/km and 133 g/km respectively.

The Mini John Cooper Works is priced from £23,050 on the road. A model with an automatic transmission will set you back £24,380.

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