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2018 Mini Cooper JCW Hardtop: Mighty, tiny and full of sass

The two-door hardtop gets the John Cooper Works treatment, but it still manages to be cute as a bug's ear.

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Emme Hall

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Hello, there, mate! It's the 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop.

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The JCW treatment includes Brembo brakes, an upgraded suspension and a rear spoiler.

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Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine knocking out 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. That's 39 more horses than the Cooper S and a whopping 94 more horses than the Cooper. 

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Just be prepared for a harsh ride. The JCW sports hard run-flat, all-season tires, turning a sporty road feel downright uncomfortable. 

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Upper trims include an adaptive suspension, which should mitigate some of that harshness.

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Despite its small footprint, the Mini has a pretty airy cabin thanks to an optional panoramic roof.

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Driver's aids are nearly nil, but the optional navigation system features one-box entry. Apple CarPlay is available but Android users are left behind. 

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There is 34 cubic feet of space in the Mini with the rear seats folded down.

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An aviation-inspired cockpit features all the toggle switches you could possibly want.

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The 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop starts at $31,800, but our tester model featured here tips the bank account at $39,850. Keep scrolling for more pictures of this adorbs little pocket rocket.

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