Spied: 2011 MINI John Cooper Works

The 2011 model year is shaping up to be a busy one for BMW's MINI brand. MINI will launch all-new Coupe and Roadster versions of its Cooper for 2011, as well as an even hotter version of its John Cooper Works -- the latter the focus of our latest spy shots.

Spied testing on the roads of Europe, the next-generation of the John Cooper Works looks to be in line for even more aggressive body features. Expect the next JCW MINI to sports a redesigned front clip, larger rocker panels and a brand new, impressive looking air diffuser at the rear. The design of the rear bumper has also been tweaked.

Powertrain changes remain unknown, but the current car's 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder is expected to carryover. However, we wouldn't be surprised to see a modest gain in horsepower, increasing from the current 208 horsepower to something in the 210-220hp range.

Judging by the light camouflage on this test prototype, the latest JCW MINI should make its first public appearance by year's end.