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.
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!