MINI will host the world premiere of the John Cooper Works (JCW) GP at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. The car will be presented during the BMW Group’s press conference that takes place on Wednesday, November 20, at 9:00 a.m. PT (12:00 p.m. EST / 18:00 CET).
Billed as the fastest street-legal MINI ever, the subcompact hot hatchback has a 301 horsepower, 2.0-liter TwinPower four-pot, which makes it the most powerful in its class. The mill will be paired to an automatic gearbox, but we don’t know yet whether a manual will also be available.
Production of the JCW GP will be limited to 3,000 units worldwide, and pricing will start at $45,750 in the United States, including destination and handling. The first examples will arrive at dealers in mid-2020, a few months after the Cooper SE goes on sale next March.
The electric version of the hatchback will also celebrate its North American show premiere at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and will set you back at least $30,750, destination and handling included. However, with the federal and state electric vehicle tax credits, customers will pay as low as $17,900 in certain states.
The Cooper SE packs a 181 hp and 199 lb-ft (270 Nm) of torque electric motor, powered by the 32.6 kWh battery pack. It does the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 6.9 seconds and maxes out at 93 mph (150 km/h). With the battery fully charged, it can travel for 146-167 miles (235-270 km).