Few Minis have been able to attack a race track as well as other front-wheel drive cars like the Honda Civic Type R or Golf GTI Clubsport. However, this 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP is unlike anything you have ever experienced. This is pure driving passion, in its most powerful form.
Mini says the new JCW GP model will reach 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds. Powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder in-line turbocharged engine with 302 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque going only to the front wheels, the GP feels remarkably at home on the track. A larger-volume intake, free-flowing exhaust and a tweaked turbocharger help boost power, and an upgraded oil and cooling system help keep internals from overheating. The suspension has been reinforced for track use and rigidity. As such, Mini also equips the GP with an upgraded oil and cooling system for the engine, so it might better cope with the rigors of being treated like a race car.
The 2020 Mini GP sets a new benchmark for the brand, becoming the fastest and most powerful Mini ever, being able to crack the 8 minute mark at the world’s benchmark for speed at the Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife circuit in Germany. Priced at $51,990 in Canada and limited to 59 units in the Great White North, only 3,000 Mini GPs will be produced worldwide.
The exterior and interior styling of the 2020 Mini GP is nothing shy of brilliant. It comes only in Racing Grey with roof and mirror caps in Melting Silver, red accents, a bi-level spoiler with red inner surfaces and the letters GP stamped in red on its sides to complete the look. Fender blisters made from recycled carbon fiber, give this Mini a sportier look. A lowered ride height of 0.4 inches has it crouched over beautifully designed 19-inch four-spoke alloys. Other aerodynamic upgrades were made including an aggressive front splitter, side skirts and two centralized exhausts.
The interior is packed with typical high-quality details of the Mini, including its signature “riot of circles” design theme kept from the original 1959 Mini’s round central speedometer. Highly bolstered sports seats, a digital instrument cluster and heads-up display complete the picture.
If you are interested, then you’d better act fast. According to BMW, nearly three quarters of their planned allotment have already been spoken for.
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