The 2016 MINI JCW is a pocket rocket that will put a smile on your face in an instant. Its compact size and the popcorn machine at the back – also known as the exhaust – will get you grinning in no time. In the latest review to hit Youtube, the guys from Cars South Africa called the MINI JCW loud, fast and….red?

While we might get the red attribute in the purest sense of the word, could there be a hidden meaning to it as well? We think so! Having tested the car earlier this year, we learned a thing or two about it first hand. What you need to understand from the get go is that this little beast has the potential of turning your rotors bright red in a matter of minutes. All you need to do is take it to the track.

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That being said, there are a few items in the review that we disagree with. One is the fact that the 231 HP of the 2-liter 4-cylinder engine under the hood might be a bit too much for the city. This is where the different driving modes come into play. Keeping it in Sport mode will, indeed, become a bit bothersome but going for Mid or Green modes will turn the hatch into a docile pug from the angry pitbull it is most of the time.

On the other hand, we do agree with the mention that this little beast will get you in trouble really quick. The pops of the exhaust will make you want to gun it all the time and, and you won’t notice how fast you’re going until it’s too late. Reaching triple digit speeds in this hot hatch is not tricky business at all. As for a conclusion, we’ll let you enjoy the video to find it for yourself.