The new MINI John Cooper Works GP is surely a hot drive. Touted as the most powerful and the fastest MINI so far, the new JCW GP is expected to arrive in showrooms in the United States in mid-2020. To get one of the 3,000 examples available around the world, you'll have to shell out at least $45,750, and that already includes a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $44,900 as well as a destination and handling fee of $850.
Essentially representing the third generation of the brand’s exclusive high-performance model, the new MINI JCW GP will be built at its production facility in Oxford, England. It will be powered by a dynamic 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, with the US version tuned to deliver up to 301 hp of heart-stopping output.
This would make the third-gen MINI JCW GP nearly 50 percent more powerful than the second-generation model (2012) that delivers just 211 hp. The latest iteration of the JCW GP hot hatch is also a lot more powerful than the MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop with max output pegged at around 228 hp.
As for actual performance, MINI disclosed in June that a prototype of the new MINI JCW GP managed to complete a lap of the legendary Nurburgring-Nordschleife in Germany in less than eight minutes. This means the new JCW GP would leave its predecessor in the dust, as the previous model did a full lap at the Green Hell in 8 minutes and 23 seconds.
To match the power and speed of the new MINI JCW GP , the British brand gave the hottest version of their hot hatch an aerodynamically optimized sporty look. Its exterior is marked by redesigned front and rear bumpers, dual exhaust tips, distinctive front and rear fender flares as well as a striking roof spoiler (with GP lettering) and wide open air intakes.
Riding on large light alloy wheels shod in performance-oriented rubbers, the new MINI JCW GP features custom-tuned chassis technology and a re-tuned suspension system. It also boasts sharper steering as well as larger brakes than the MINI Cooper S.
Going inside the cabin, the new MINI JCW GP features front sports seats with contrast stitching, as well as a new screen replacing the typical RPM gauge.
Expect more details of the MINI John Cooper Works GP to be disclosed during its official reveal later this month. MINI is planning to unveil the next generation of the model in metal at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show in the last week of November.
(via BMW Group)