This is the Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) Concept, which has been revealed before its public debut at the Detroit motor show in January.
While it has been badged a concept car, the motor in these images is in fact largely representative of the production John Cooper Works model that is expected to go on sale late in 2014.
The Concept is based on the all-new third generation Mini hatchback, unveiled recently at this year's Tokyo motor show and expected to arrive in UK showrooms in the spring.
The styling follows that car’s more bulbous design, and like the standard version, is both longer and wider than the outgoing model.
Where the Concept differs from the standard car is in its additional sporty bodywork. Sitting on 18-inch alloy wheels, the Concept also gets large air intakes in the front bumper and a prominent bonnet air-scoop – a design feature that has featured on all hot BMW Minis since their introduction in 2001.
The Concept also features LED headlights and a sports exhaust, while racy side skirts and a rear diffuser and spoiler give a more sporty, ground-hugging look.
Mini has yet to confirm exactly what engine will be fitted to the JCW, but given that it is the performance range-topper, it is likely to be a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor, developing over 200bhp.
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