Pricing is expected to be announced at the show, Nathalie Bauters, a Mini spokeswoman, told Edmunds on Thursday.
The highly anticipated Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop is equipped with the most powerful engine ever installed in a Mini and further sets the Mini Cooper lineup apart from a long list of rivals, including the Chevrolet Sonic, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Veloster.
The new John Cooper Works Hardtop packs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine "that was developed based on the latest generation of power units with Mini TwinPower Turbo Technology," the automaker said.
It generates 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds when equipped with the six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual. Zero-to-60 mph time with the manual is 6.1 seconds.
"This is an increase in sprint capability of 0.3 seconds or 5 percent as compared to the previous generation John Cooper Works Hardtop," according to parent BMW.
Other details include a sports exhaust system, sports suspension with 17-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels and a sports brake system developed in collaboration with Brembo. A John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit includes a model-specific rear spoiler.
The cabin gets new John Cooper Works sport seats.
Standard equipment includes dynamic stability control, dynamic traction control and performance control, which "supports agile turning when taking bends at speed," the automaker said.
Eleven exterior paint colors include new Rebel Green metallic — an exclusive color for this model.
Edmunds says: Mini aims for a maximum presence in the Motor City with this showstopper.