The Mini faithful fondly remember the John Cooper Works GP (pictured above). Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2006, the GP edition was the fastest version of the first-gen Mini hatchback. It packed 218 horsepower, 180 pound-feet of torque, a beefier suspension and – thanks to the removal of the back seats and air-conditioning – 88 fewer pounds to motivate. The result was a 6.5-second sprint to 60 and a 146-mph top speed. Only 444 examples were made available shortly before the second-gen Mini was introduced.

Now, word on the street is that Mini is preparing a new GP version. Few details are available at this point, but considering that the current JCW packs 208 hp from its 1.6-liter turbo four, we ought to be looking at 220 horses or more in the new GP. To make things simpler, in fact, Mini could be preparing to shoe-horn in the engine being developed for the JCW Countryman, which is expected to pack more power than the JCW hatchback in order to get its heftier curb weight moving.

Given that the previous GP edition was a two-seat affair, we can't help but wonder if Mini will turn to the new Coupe for this GP. But for now, we'll just have to sit tight and see what the Anglo-German automaker has in store for its most hard-core fanatics.


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      Bloomsbury
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've seen one of the originals going round the nurburgring... there's nothing faux about it. Shame this new one won't have that supercharger soundtrack though.
      AnalogJesse
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it still going to cost more than a Mustang GT? Why the hell would anyone pay $32,000 or more for a Mini?
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      hmm, better #'s than a Abarth Fiat 500 Tributo Ferrari..... well see if they give the US market an Esse Esse kit where that puts things - probably wont break 200 hp, but who knows.....
      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now, I like the Cooper S, but I don't understand who purchases these JCW Coopers. It has to be the most uninformed wannabe enthusiasts ever... The JCW cars are the most overpriced faux-performance cars ever. For their price you can get far more performance per dollar and rear wheel drive!
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good God, I hope they don't do this with the Mini Coupe. That car is twenty different levels of ugly.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      The wing is an abomination.
      onewayroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it. There, I said it.
      Les Campbell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny. I heard this information from MotoringFile before you all. Just sayin.
      You guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool. I wonder if it car-b-q's like all the other Mini models.
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, can they add any more ugly gorp to it?
      Oliver Kanaan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Actually there have been 2000 GPs. Not 444. At least Worldwide...
      Oliver Kanaan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Actually there are 2000 GPs around, not 444. Thats worldwide, of course...
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