Get A Look Inside The 2020 Mini JCW GP Limited Run Special, Automatic Box Confirmed

A few weeks after our initial encounter with the 2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP, our spies stumbled upon more prototypes of the manic hatch and managed to snap the first interior shots. The article and image gallery have been updated accordingly. (Updated 5/5/2019)

Mini is developing the range-topping John Cooper Works GP, a limited 300hp hot hatch version of the hatchback that will act as a swansong for the current model generation.

The 2020 Mini JCW GP will also be the company’s most powerful and fastest model yet, featuring a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with more than 300hp. Production will be limited to just 3000 examples.

The ultimate Mini was previewed by the JCW GP concept back in 2017 and as such, it will feature a pretty wild body kit with plenty of aero enhancements.

The spotted prototype gets a rather simple wrap that practically gives away all the exterior details, including a dramatic roof spoiler and the extended fender flares that also act as aero elements.

Other exterior details include a deeper front spoiler, a different front grille and larger in diameter exhaust tips. The upcoming Mini JCW GP looks very aggressive to say the least, featuring a racecar-vibe that will probably split opinions.

Inside, what you see here isn’t the final product, but aside from the sporty seats, which will likely be replaced by even more aggressively bolstered units, the rev-counter ahead of the driver has been replaced by a screen with rounded corners. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this solution, as prototypes of the electric Cooper S E also featured the same setting.

Another revelation from these latest spy shots is the use of an automatic transmission, though being that MINI has not yet said what gearboxes will be on offer, we don’t know whether it will be the sole choice or if a 6-speed manual will also be available.

The new 2020 Mini JCW GP will feature wider tracks front and rear, along with a revamped suspension, bigger brakes and stickier tires. Mini may also use lightweight materials, like carbon fiber, and ditch the rear bench seat completely in order to further reduce weight.

Mini has already teased the new JCW GP by releasing a pair of images last February. With test cars now out in public roads wearing so little camo, it’s probably safe to assume that the reveal time approaches fast. Sales of the new Mini JCW GP are expected to begin in late 2019.

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Image Credits: CarPix & S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops

  • Bash

    What’s with the blades like wheel flair things! I don’t like them.

    • SemperMalvinas

      Si chiama stile amore, cercalo sul dizionario.

      • Bash

        Maybe its an Italian thing, I don’t speak Italian.

    • Howfarr

      I know!
      They look like I made them out of cardboard

    • exeptor

      Something that will cost at least 2-3 times more to repair in case of a damage which in the case of a hardcore Mini is something highly expected.

      • Matt

        The flares are just bolted-on plastic, they’ll hardly be expensive to replace! When you consider the standard MINI also has plastic arch trim that would need replacing in an accident, I think your repair estimations are highly exaggerated.

  • TheAmerican2point0


  • Mr. EP9

    So they are finally throwing their hat in the hot hatch arena and sparring with the likes of the Civic Type-R and upcoming Megane RS Trophy?

    • Matt

      There has been a ‘hardcore’ GP version of the Cooper S since the first generation new MINI, This will be the 3rd gen.

  • Merc1

    I like this.


  • Bikie Wright

    Like all other modern minis, this is ridiculously overstyled. Get back to basics and give us a clean shape with big power and a nice interior. Drop all the circles FFS !!!!

  • Bo Hanan

    A nasty little car and I’ll have two.

  • Dan

    Anyone noticed the world tracks camo?

    Overstyled car tho.

    • thesigma3

      have you ever seen a Civic Type R?

      • Dan

        Not sure how to interpret your answer.

    • exeptor

      Yes, but I wasn’t able to recognize even one of them.

  • Vassilis

    It looks a bit weird

  • SteersUright

    I like the bold look, but not a fan of FWD. Ultimately what killed the CTR for me too. Still, very excited to read reviews on this,.

    • Matt

      Well the MINI has always been FWD, and nobody ever said it wasn’t great to drive. I think mainly Americans have a problem with FWD, I don’t understand it personally.

      • SteersUright

        iI’ll explain: it sucks. Sure for a momentum car it makes less difference. But off the line and out of very slow corners its all too easy to overwhelm the front tires. Also, nuanced throttle control over the rear-end of the car is impossible. Sure, some FWD cars are great to drive, but would always be that much better if they drove their rear wheels instead.

    • Carenthusiast

      It may be a FWD but you’d never hear anyone criticising that as it delivers go kart handling like no other. Unlikely this would be an AWD

  • Stephen G

    WOW you guys sure could read allot from a bunch of spy photos!

  • Ben

    I like it a LOT! One thing I just wish for is a quick revving engine without a lot of rev hang. That would bring back the bark that Mini once had.

  • Matt

    Would be seriously unlikely it has AWD.. too much added weight for no real benefit on a track-focussed model.

  • Exotics

    Looks stupid and it burns gas. In 2009 they had the Mini-E which was amazing. Ten years later still no electric mini cooper. Idiots had something great and did nothing with it.

  • Puddingpopper

    take left foot, stick directly in bum

  • Benjamin B.

    That wing

  • Lucas Hampel

    UK flags in taillights. Amazing

  • Enter Ranting

    Such clumsy styling. Look at the cutout on the fender fin in front of the gas cap!

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