At Nearly $46K, The 2020 MINI JCW GP Is One Pricey Cookie

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.

Video: 2020 Mini JCW GP Looks Wild, Sounds Tamed During Dynamic Debut

2020 MINI JCW GP 023 (2)

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.

2020 MINI JCW GP 1 copy

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.


  • Mark Hawthorne

    I’m a MINI owner and something of a GP fan – I had a second generation car and thought it was a great compromise between brutish bump-avoidance handling and refinement. This was a car I was looking forward to seeing. I have absolutely no interest in how it drives because the styling is so awful. The arch extensions are simply so ridiculous that I’m immediately put off and then there’s the fact that it’s auto-only. Not for me, nor for a lot of others who had deposits down on the GP forum.

  • Six_Tymes

    46 grand?! bahahahahahahaha!

    • Matt

      Better start saving then.

  • Craig

    The Mini-Widebody! Dodge should sue! :o)

  • KAG25

    So getting up to the S3, Golf R price, what would you take.

  • Suf

    I’m not really surprised when the megane RS Trophy R is nearly $90k. These ridiculous prices of these cars are normal.

  • Alex Stoyanov

    FWD only – the Countryman and Clubman JCW are AWD. The smaller platform doesn’t support AWD.

  • Elmediterraneo

    The best european small city car is the Audi A1 40 TFSI Sportback S Line with the 6 speed S Tronic transmission
    – The Audi brand
    – 11 speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system
    – 30 color ambient lightning
    – 10 inch touchscreen MMI system and Virtual cockpit as the A8
    – the only small hatch with a strong and masculine design

  • SnakePlant

    Now I want to get an older supercharged GP even more…

  • brn

    This helps explain why the Ford Mustang continues to be the most popular sports car on the planet.

    • Matt

      Except for the very expensive special editions… which of course this MINI GP is. Can’t compare a limited-run flagship model with a ‘regular’ Mustang as far as value.

  • Crash Bandicoot

    A lot of money to spend on something with such a lame interior and depreciation that rivals the i3.

  • SteersUright

    Very cool car, very absurd price. They’ll sell 10 of these to hardcore fans then offer $10-$15k incentives to anyone willing to buy the rest.

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