Tony O'Kane | Jan 30, 2012

MINI CEO Kay Segler has reportedly said that he would like to see the John Cooper Works line of MINI vehicles eventually morph into a distinct sub-brand - much like parent company BMW's own M Division.

Mr Segler returned to MINI in April last year after a three-year stint as the head of BMW M GmbH, and according to US magazine Car and Driver he's already keen to model JCW after BMW's famous performance-focused subsidiary.

Currently, JCW models consist of slightly more powerful developments of MINI's Cooper S variants, with additional handling and braking upgrades.

According to Segler though, future JCW cars could be powered by unique-to-JCW engines, potentially with larger displacements and bigger turbos than MINI's 'regular' range of powertrains.

Current MINI JCWs are powered by a 155kW/280Nm 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The upcoming 2012 MINI Countryman JCW will also feature a 1.6 litre turbo, but is expected to have a higher output to account for its extra weight.

For any future JCW models, unique interior trim and interior designs wouldn't be out of the question either, and beefed-up suspension hardware would be a given.

No concrete plans to separate JCW from MINI have been made as yet, however Segler's intent to boost the performance credentials of all JCW-badged cars is certainly welcome.

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