Each model gets progressively sportier suspension settings and interior and exterior decorations, as well, including progressively larger and more ornate alloy wheels ranging from 15- to 17-inches. Brakes likewise get larger on the higher performance models, while acceleration times get smaller: the John Cooper Works Coupe takes just 6.1 seconds to hit 60 mph, and carries on to a top speed of 149 mph.
Dynamically, the Coupe is perhaps the most engaging MINI, being more ready to rotate and equipped with somewhat more liberal traction and stability control settings. Electric power steering means there are some unnatural aspects to the feel, but for a front-drive car, it's surprisingly communicative. It's tossable, fun, and spirited, even in base form.