Mini has revealed the John Cooper Works GP – a new limited-edition model that is the fastest road-going Mini ever.
Limited to just 3,000 units, the motorsport-inspired two-seater is powered by a 302 bhp 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 0 to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds as well as a top speed of 165 mph (not cut off).
On the outside, the car wears 18-inch forged wheels that sit beneath flared carbon-fibre wheel arch trims, while the bespoke design of the front apron surround known as the “Blackband” and the front spoiler lip form part of a coordinated package designed to reduce lift. The aero package also includes an enlarged roof spoiler complete with double-wing contours.
The GP gets a number of bespoke elements beneath the skin too. The 8-speed automatic transmission, the exhaust, the suspension and braking set-up, and even the oil supply and cooling system, have all been tuned, modified or altered in one way or another and are therefore described as being “model-specific”.
On the inside, the cabin features two seats and reduced acoustic insulation “for the purpose of weight optimisation”. There are also a number of 3D-printed elements such as the steering wheel’s shift paddles and the trim on the passenger side that bears the numbering of the respective vehicle.
First deliveries of the new John Cooper Works GP are expected in early 2020.