2016 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop

This is it, the 2016 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop!

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You have your choice of green, red or a very smart looking gray. Those looking to go retro will likely want the green.

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Beneath the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor putting down 228 horsepower and 236 foot-pounds of torque.

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That power makes up for the extra weight in the new Mini. Overall, it's far more refined than previous JCW special editions.

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Buyers will have their choice of 17- or 18-inch wheels and tires.

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The hood scoop this time feeds a turbocharged motor, rather than the supercharged lump of yore.

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On the back, a sizable but curvaceous spoiler hangs from the hatch.

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The overall shape is familiar, the proportions just a bit longer than the last generation.

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"MINI" branding is not difficult to spot on this car.

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Neither are the John Cooper Works logos.

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A welcoming door sill.

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Inside, the interior is mostly high-quality materials, but the details can occasionally be a bit garish.

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Like these markings denoting the redline on the massive, center tach.

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More excess checker motif on the optional piano black interior.

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Chunky switches add to the throwback feel.

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But this touchpad certainly is far from retro.

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Six-speed manual is standard, though an automatic can be chosen.

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Three pedals, as there should be.

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The two-liter motor, without much room to spare.

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The 2016 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop starts at just over $30,000 in the US, but you're likely to spend a fair bit more than that.

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