BMW announced the sale of its compact coupé Mini “John Cooper Works” starting from December in Japan.

3 Models will be available:  Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe and the John Cooper Works Coupe.

The very style 2 seater is also the fastest factory Mini ever.  A 1.6L four cylinder engine paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox.  A six speed automatic gearbox is also available  for the Cooper Coupe and the Cooper S Coupe.  The EU standard lists fuel consumption at 18.51 kms/liter. (You know that is not as good as the Demio!)

The 2 faster models add a twin scroll turbocharger and direct-injection to the 1.6 liter engine.  In JCW trim, the Coupe has 208 horsepower at 6,000 rpm.

Speeding tickets for all three models: the Coupe breaks the speed limit (except on the Autobahn in Germany) at a max. of 140miles/hr (225kms), the S Coupe 142 MPH (228kms/hr) and the JCW 149 MPH (239 kms/hr).

Perhaps it should try stealing the Toyota Lexus LFA of its  Nurburgring title?