THE fastest MINI John Cooper Works model ever built is headed for Australia, with the GP Edition set to offer racing genetics and a premium feel when it arrives in the second quarter of next year.
A 225kW 4-cylinder turbocharged engine will see the two-seater model accelerate from zero to 100km/h in just 5.2 seconds, with the new model making its debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Some 3,000 units of the limited edition model will be produced at the MINI plant in Oxford, with delivery to racing enthusiasts around the globe getting underway in March 2020. Just 65 will come to Australia.
Priced from $63,900 plus on-roads, the new JCW MINI offers an intense, purist racing feel, and suspension technology that is fine-tuned based on John Cooper Works’ comprehensive racing expertise.
Its body is optimised in terms of lightweight construction, torsional stiffness and aerodynamics, helping the new MINI John Cooper Works GP Edition to offer unrivaled sporty flair and overwhelming agility.
As such, it forms part of a fascinating tradition that has been closely linked to the name of the legendary Formula 1 designer John Cooper ever since the debut of the classic Mini 60 years ago.
On road and racetrack, this combination has been a constant source of sporting highlights from winning the British Touring Car Championship to the three overall victories in the Monte Carlo Rally, the MINI Challenge racing series, and achievements in the Dakar Rally.
The exclusive character of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP, uncompromisingly geared towards extreme driving pleasure, is expressed in both its engine power and its performance characteristics.
More clearly than ever before, its standing is at the very forefront of the MINI and John Cooper Works model range. Its additional output over and above that of the MINI John Cooper Works is 55kW or 75hp.
The previous MINI Cooper S with a JCW GP kit, launched in 2006 and the MINI JCW GP edition of 2013 already reflected unusually intense racing flair with their 160kW/218hp turbocharged engines, specific suspension technology and exclusive design features.
But the new MINI John Cooper Works GP takes the experience of performance in a premium small car to a whole new level.
In the course of test drives as part of the series development process, it completed a lap of the Nordschleife at Nürburgring in less than eight minutes, almost half a minute faster than its direct predecessor. Demand for the hot hatch is expected to be high.