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Mini releases full JCW GP details

No, this isn't deja vu, it's the new GP model...

Mini will be showing their fastest ever model at the Paris Motor Show at the end of the month, before it goes into a limited production run of 2,000 units. Following the success of the previous model, Mini has made sure that the new GP is the fastest model they’ve ever produced.

The GP will lap of the Nürburgring in 8 mins 23 seconds and manages the 0-62 mph sprint in 6.3 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 150 mph.

To achieve these impressive features the GP has a modified 1.6 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine that generates 218 bhp and 191 lb/ft of torque. The GP has a unique feature among Minis in that it comes with individually adjustable coilover suspension that allows the ride height to be lowered by as much as 20mm, usually the preserve of track cars only.

Stopping power is provided by 6-piston fixed-caliper brakes, measuring 330 mm at the front and 280mm at the rear. It rides on a bespoke set of 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels with 215/40 R17 tyres.

Visually there is a slightly tweaked JCW bodykit featuring red accents and a carbon fibre rear spoiler. The look is almost identical to the previous GP, even down to the wheel design which does puzzle us somewhat – we would have liked to have seen a new outrageous design for this generation of Mini. Inside it’s business as usual, but again as with the previous model the rear seats have been deleted in lieu of a strut brace between the rear suspension turrets.

In the UK, the Mini John Cooper Works GP is going to have a starting price of £28,790.

Images courtesy of Mini


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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more