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Spy Photos: Is this the Mini Cooper JCW Challenge edition?

Mini Cooper JCW Challenge – Click above for high-res image gallery Although Mini is hard at work prepping its next-generation Cooper, it appears that the current model may have a few more tricks up its sleeve. Here, we see what appears to be a top-shelf John Cooper Works hatchback with a different front bumper featuring larger air intakes, as well as a much larger diffuser out back. That diffuser, specifically, looks like the one used on the Mini JCW Challenge racers, meaning that this could be a prototype for some sort of special Challenge edition John Cooper Works car (or... Read More

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    There are parents who take there kids trick-or-treating, and then there are Cooper's parents, who built him the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters with a push cart and put together a costume for him to match it. It only makes sense because last year the toddler rolled around the neighborhood demanding treats behind the wheel of a "custom built" DeLorean Time ...

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    The folks at Porsche sure know how to throw a good party for the legendary 911 (which, by the way turns 50 this year), as thoughtful birthday gifts continue to pour in from everyone including this awesome vintage photoshoot from close pal and fellow automotive icon Mini. We can only assume the inspiration for this matching yellow gift came after seeing ...

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    This is Cooper. Cooper has awesome parents. Cooper's parents made his stroller/push-car into the time-traveling DeLorean from Back to the Future. Yes, we are very jealous of this tot. According to his mother Cory, who published pics of her son's awesome costume and matching car on Flickr, the inspiration was from a vest. From the gallery's description: ...

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    Official: Mini releases official John Cooper Works GP details
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    Our hot hatch dreams have come true. Mini will officially unveil the 2013 John Cooper Works GP hardtop at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month, and the automaker has released the official specs – as well as a brace of new images – revealing that earlier speculation was indeed fact. So, let's get to the good stuff. Engine: turbocharged ...