MINI has announced the official pricing of the new John Cooper Works (JCW) GP in the United States. The subcompact hot hatchback will arrive in showrooms in mid-2020 and will set buyers back $45,750, including destination and handling.
The company’s most powerful street-legal car ever packs a 2.0-liter, TwinPower Turbo four-banger that produces 301 horsepower in U.S.-spec. Thus, in terms of performance, it will sit in a league of its own, as the similar-sized Volkswagen Polo GTI, Renault Clio RS, Ford Fiesta ST and other supermini hot hatches have about 100 HP less.
Prototypes have been spied using an auto ‘box, but we don’t know yet whether the car will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission, too.
Limited to 3,000 units worldwide, the JCW GP features a custom-tuned chassis, with re-tuned suspension, sharper steering and bigger brakes than the Cooper S. Furthermore, it also boasts several aerodynamic enhancements, with redesigned front and rear bumpers, fender flares on all four corners, a huge rear wing with GP lettering, central-mounted dual exhaust tips and large wheels shod in performance-oriented tires.
Inside, the hot MINI rocks front sports seats and should further set itself apart thanks to new upholstery options, contrast stitching and probably a plaque that will further highlight its special character. Spy shots have also revealed that a new screen has replaced the typical rev-counter.
The new JCW GP will celebrate its world premiere at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.