The British automaker says that just 3000 units of the John Cooper Works GP will hit the market, each powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with in excess of 300 hp. Mini says the John Cooper Works GP will be the fastest and most powerful Mini ever approved for street use.
The car has been under development for a number of months and has started to be pushed to its limits on the race track. While most owners will keep their JCW GP’s on the street, rigorous testing at circuits will allow Mini to ensure the suspension system, engine, aerodynamics, and weight distribution all work in harmony to provide the most thrilling driving experience possible. It’s unclear if the car will be all-wheel drive.
It’ll be the ultimate hot Mini
A trio of teaser images of the vehicle have been released, confirming that the road-going Mini John Cooper Works GP will resemble 2017’s concept but lack some of the show car’s craziest add-ons.
The most obvious similarity between the production car and the concept will be a bold, split-rear wing that’s painted red on the inside and includes painted ‘GP’ logos on either side. We can also see that the hot hatch will be adorned with sporty wheels with black and silver spokes and dual tailpipes surrounded by an aggressive rear diffuser.
The previous John Cooper Works GP built in 2012 managed to lap the Nurburgring in 8 minutes and 23 seconds. With the new car, Mini may hope to dip below the 8-minute mark to establish the car as a serious rival to the Honda Civic Type R and Ford Focus RS.