2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP Spotted Undisguised, Will Have 300+ HP

MINI teased the John Cooper Works GP over the summer and now an undisguised prototype has been spotted in Germany.

Posted online by YouTuber Shmee150, the images show the high-performance model follows in the footsteps of the standard JCW variant.  However, the GP adopts a revised grille with a large red band and a mesh lower section. The red theme is echoed further below as the central air intake appears more pronounced and features red accents.

The sporty styling continues further back as the GP has unique fender flares and special mirror caps with silver or chrome accents. We can also see red side stripes, 2011 logos and four-spoke wheels which are backed up by a high-performance braking system with red calipers.

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Other notable styling features include a massive spoiler and a modified bumper with new trim that flows into the rear fender flares. There’s also a center-mounted dual exhaust system and obligatory GP badging on the tailgate.

While MINI hasn’t unveiled the car, the company has already revealed a lot about it. Back in June, the automaker confirmed the model will have a TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that produces more than 296 hp (220 kW / 300 PS).

While the final numbers are still under wraps, the GP is expected use the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that resides in the BMW M235i Gran Coupe. As a result, we can expect the model to have 302 hp (225 kW / 306 PS) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque.

Besides the powerful engine, MINI confirmed the GP will have “model-specific suspension technology,” weight-optimized construction and precisely defined aerodynamic properties. At the time, the company claimed the hatch will set “a new benchmark in the small car segment.”

Production will be limited to 3,000 units and deliveries will begin next year. There’s no word on pricing, but MINI has previously said GP prototypes have lapped the Nordschleife in less than eight minutes – that’s more than 23 seconds faster than its predecessor.

Thanks to Matt for the tip!


Gepostet von Shmee150 am Montag, 7. Oktober 2019

Opening Image via [email protected]

  • Ben

    I wonder how this and the Type R will stack up, performance wise.

    • Mr. EP9

      Or the Megane RS Trophy-R.

  • Mr. EP9

    It’s going to be expensive like the Megane Trophy-R ain’t it?

  • dolsh

    We already know that the Mini JCW is going to have 301hp. I’m not sure I understand why there is excitement over the GP having 1 more.

  • SteersUright

    While Im all for a super powerful mini I’d much have preferred AWD, more to the tune of 350-400hp, and real, wider flared fenders over these aero flaps or whatever they’re going to call them. Overall, with FWD and these unattractive looks, I cant imagine many will sell. If you want ugly, FWD and very fast, just go for a Civic Type R.

    • Mark Hawthorne

      But it’s not like you’ve driven it so how can you possibly dismiss it in favour of the Civic Type R (which you’ve also probably not driven)?

      • Porkopolis

        You can use all the electronic gizmos in the world on a FWD or AWD car, but every enthusiast knows RWD is always best for a fun car. Doesn’t mean this car won’t be fun, and I understand why FWD is used for hot hatches, but every car would be more fun if it was RWD or AWD.

        • Matt

          The best FWD cars are more fun to drive than the worst RWD cars… you just have to actually experience them instead of falling back on a quaint ‘theory’. Many AWD cars are heavy and uninvolving too…

          • SteersUright

            How about the worst RWD vs. the worst FWD? I’d go with RWD all day if Im looking for fun. Who compares the worst of something to the best of another anyhow?

      • SteersUright

        Not dismissing it, but in typical German car fashion I expect a sky-high price tag making the CTR more of a smart bargain, especially when both equally ugly and assuming the Mini is as good to drive. Also, given that Mini has an AWD setup already, we can all agree it’d be more appealing with a rear-biased AWD setup than having so much power route to the front wheels. I suppose I’m really just not a FWD fan, unless its lower powered setups like the GTI where it makes more sense to me.

    • Matt

      AWD would just add unnecessary weight for no real gain. Unless you think drifting is the only measure of a performance car, the GP will be no worse off for being FWD (nor has it ever been in its last two guises). It’s only Americans who don’t have any exposure to excellent FWD performance models perpetually espousing the myth that FWD is so inferior for driving thrills.

      • SteersUright

        Um, ok, Mr. Know it all. Ive had plenty of experience with FWD & RWD. And deriding anyone by their nationality, is never a good argument. There a reason why there isn’t a single “true” sports car that is FWD, not even the humble Miata. You’ll likely never see a FWD Ferrari, Lambo, Koenigsegg or other true sports cars where cost and packaging are secondary to delivering the ultimate experience.

        Also, I have no issues whatsoever with FWD, the GTI is a wonderfully fun and practical vehicle as is the Civic Si, etc. But, when the sports car starts going up in price and performance, I’m less willing to accept compromises. And yes, Im very explicitly stating that a FWD platform is quite compromised for the ultimate sports car experience.

        • Alex Stoyanov

          If you need AWD, MINI sells the Clubman & Countryman JCW with the same engine already, 301 hp/331 lb/ft, AWD, Launch Control, and 0-60 for 4.6 seconds (4.9 for the Countryman). The GP is suppose to be smaller and lighter so – no AWD. The Clubman would be in the class of the Civic Type R size-wise anyway, not the Hardtop.

  • Nowan

    too big compare to the mk1

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