Even in base form, the Mini Cooper is pretty fun. If you want to have the most fun, you go for the John Cooper Works version. It's both the most powerful and the fastest car Mini has ever built. Other than the GTI, it's also probably the most grown up of all the cars on this list.

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Mini is in Detroit with an all-new John Cooper Works
Engineers stuffed a turbocharged 2-liter fourĀ under the hood good for 231 horsepower. The company says it's the most powerful Mini engine, ever.
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First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R
For die-hard enthusiasts only.
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Photos: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R
The GTI for the die-hards, now with more die-hardy-ness.
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