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The F56 MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) has been launched at the 2015 BMW World Malaysia exhibition. The most powerful series production MINI ever comes with a turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine with 231 hp at 6,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque (350 Nm on overboost) from 1,250 to 4,800 rpm.

Mated to a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, the CBU three-door hatch rockets from 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 246 km/h. Official fuel consumption figures are rated at 17.2 km/l.

On the outside, things are suitably racy with the inclusion of a JCW-specific front bumper and bonnet stripes while full LED headlights and daytime running lights are featured. Moving further back, 18-inch John Cooper Works Cup Spoke two-tone alloy wheels, JCW side skirts, a JCW rear spoiler and bumper are presented.

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Elsewhere, a smattering of John Cooper Works badges as well as a chrome-plated side scuttle with integrated turn indicators come as standard. Owners are also presented with the option of having the JCWs decked out in red, white or black for the roof and mirror caps.

Inside, the F56 MINI JCW boasts a start/stop button with keyless go and Dinamica Carbon Black leather combination for its sports seats while the dash gets a Black Checkered finish. Going against the black-dominated interior are crimson accents that are to be found on the lower portion of the dash and on the seats.

In-car entertainment gets taken care of with the inclusion of a Harman Kardon sound system with 12 speakers and Bluetooth/USB connectivity. An 8.8-inch LCD display with Radio MINI Visual Boost, MINI Connected and Navigation system Professional are standard, along with a head-up display system.

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Additional goodies include an automatic dual-zone air-conditioning system, cruise control with braking function, velour floor mats, a multi-function leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, stainless steel pedals and an “exclusive” instrument cluster design which includes an interactive LED ring on the central display.

Safety kit includes a total of four airbags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) – which includes Automatic Stability Control+Traction – and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) along with ABS. A tyre pressure monitoring system and Park Distance Control (rear only) are standard as well.

The F56 MINI JCW is priced at RM288,888 on-the-road without insurance. A two-year/unlimited mileage warranty comes with the JCW in addition to the MINI Service Inclusive Programme that covers the maintenance and repair costs for three years/50,000 km, whichever comes first.