After making its first appearance in early February, the latest MINI Cooper (F66) is currently on a global journey. Its most recent visit is in Italy, where the 3-Door model with petrol engines has landed for a photoshoot. It boasts an appealing setup by combining the John Cooper Works Trim with a British Racing Green coat of paint. Additionally, it sports the optional 18-inch wheels with a two-tone finish.

This new JCW variant is primarily a visual enhancement package, now applied to a Cooper S variant. It can be likened to MINI’s version of an M Sport Package. The actual JCW performance hatchback was teased earlier this week ahead of its global unveiling in the upcoming months. In the interim, the S model remains the most athletic iteration of the F66 lineup, being equipped with 204 horsepower. There’s also a C variant that opts for a smaller 1.5-liter engine generating 156 hp instead of the standard 2.0-liter one.

It’s probable that this is the final generation of the 3-Door Hatch with internal combustion engines. MINI has committed to a full transition to electric by around 2030, leaving no room for another traditional engine model. Meanwhile, the F66 model has achieved strong initial success. Oliver Zipse, CEO of the BMW Group, confirms that the premium hatchback is completely sold out for the next four months.

For those seeking more functionality, the arrival of the 5-Door as the F65 is anticipated later this year. While it won’t receive the JCW enhancement, there are likely plans for the confusingly named JCW Trim. For those ready to transition to electric vehicles, choices consist of the 3-Door (J01) and the Aceman (J05). Once more, an electric 5-Door hatch is not on the agenda.

MINI has more in store for 2024, as the Oxford-based brand has additional premieres on the horizon. This includes full-fledged John Cooper Works versions of the two aforementioned electric vehicles, along with the upcoming convertible (F67). With a fully refreshed lineup, the British marque has every reason to believe in a promising future.

Source: MINI Italy