It was just hours ago that Mini released official teaser images and details regarding its most powerful car ever, the John Cooper Works GP.
Now, we can admire this extreme Mini in a batch of fresh spy shots, the first to reveal the final production car – following the JCW GP Concept’s debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, we’ve only seen mules during testing, but never the real deal.
That changes today as these spy images are the first that show the production model in all its (camouflaged) glory. As you can see, this little car means business, adopting the meanest body kit we’ve ever seen fitted to a production Mini Hatch (or Hardtop as it is marketed in America).
The highlight is obviously the massive split rear wing that looks taken straight from a race car, yet the JCW GP still has more tricks up its sleeves. Those include the add-on fender flares (much smaller than the concept‘s) and the aggressive bumpers that feature a splitter at the front and a diffuser at the rear. Other distinctive design cues are the central dual exhaust tailpipes and the wide wheels.
The GP package also brings bigger brakes and a tweaked suspension, as well as lightweight materials. To make the car as light as possible, a rear seat delete should also be in the cards, at least as an option.
Limited to 3,000 units, the Mini JCW GP packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making more than 300 horsepower. The fastest and most powerful Mini ever approved for street use is expected to debut in late 2019 (possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September), with deliveries to follow in early 2020.