MINI - John Cooper Works GP Price: from £33,895
Last Updated On: 04/07/2020
After a seven year hiatus, the MINI John Cooper Works GP is back. This small grey missile will be produced in strictly limited numbers as just 3000 will be built, with a proportion reserved for the UK market.
It’s the quickest road-legal vehicle that MINI has ever built, with over 300 bhp available, functional aerodynamics and a tauter chassis, with the expectation that it will spend some time on the track.
The GP is powered by a reworked version of the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine found in the recently launched MINI Clubman JCW. Modifications include a sturdier crankshaft, stronger pistons and con-rods, a freer-flowing exhaust system, a larger turbocharger and a new intercooler.
The engine develops 302bhp and 450Nm of torque, which is fed to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a mechanical limited-slip differential. As such, the new GP has a claimed 0–62mph (100km/h) time of 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 164mph (264km/h). Gears are operated by 3D-printed paddle shifters and no manual gearbox is available.
More than any other hot MINI the GP it has the look of a TCR touring car and each one bears its number on the front wheelarch extensions, which are fashioned from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic.. Those arches allow for 40mm of extra track compared with a JCW hatch, while the ride height has been lowered by 10mm and the passive dampers and the suspension geometry has been turned specifically for it. The distinctive, high-mounted rear wing is intended to give the GP extra aerodynamic edge, reduces drag and exerts downward pressure that keeps the GP firmly grounded on the road or track
The 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted 225/35 Hankook tyres, and customers can choose between treaded Ventus S1 Evo Z rubber or semi-slick Ventus TD versions.
Inside, the front seats grip the driver and passenger in all the right places and the GP’s unique digital display is a clever touch. As in the previous generation of GP there’s only one passenger seat, as the back seats are removed to save a little weight and allow for the fitment of the bright red structural bracing.
The GP is available in only one colour of Racing Grey, complemented by Melting Silver contrast roof and mirror caps,