The 163bhp hot-hatch will use a supercharged 1.6-litre engine with 155lb-ft of torque, and combined fuel consumption will be 33.6mpg. It accelerates from 0–60mph in 6.9 seconds.
It will have sports suspension, a six-speed manual gearbox, run-flat tyres and automatic stability control plus traction control as standard. Carbon dioxide emissions will be announced nearer its launch.
As with the MINI One and MINI Cooper, the Cooper S comes with the five-year servicing package for £100 covering parts and labour. MINI has received 1,700 advance orders for the Cooper S.