You wouldn't expect to hit a drag race in a Mini, but with the automobile brand's latest release, you could very well cross the line in first place. For starters, the strength of its 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine belies its compact size. It's the most powerful engine yet to grace a production Mini and it boasts an output of 231 hp and maximum torque of 320 Newton metres. This means it can rev up from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 6.1 seconds, driving it straight into the ranks of top-class sports cars.

Mini John Cooper Works

Inside, the cockpit sports an interior trim in red and black, a colour scheme that carries from the seat surfaces through to the steering wheel and gear levers. Don't be surprised if you look up to find a panoramic glass roof. It's not what you'll expect to find in a sports model, but it's a breath of fresh air from the usual dark, stuffy cockpit.

Speaking about the brand's latest release, Mr. Peter Medalla, Head of Mini Asia said: "Mini has carried a passion for motor racing in its genes for over 55 years and this is expressed more intensely than ever before in the extreme driving fun offered by the latest generation."

The all-new Mini John Cooper Works is available for viewing at the Mini Habitat showroom