Spy shots pretty much said it's coming, and here it is: the new Mini John Cooper Works GP. It's making an appearance at the Mini United Festival in France this weekend, and while Mini has yet to detail specific power numbers or show off the car's interior, it has produced a Nurburgring time: 8 minutes, 23 seconds, which, as we reported back in April, betters the last Mini GP (circa 2006) by 19 seconds.

Like its predecessor, the GP-spec hardtop loses its back seat for weight reduction, gets a full complement of power and suspension upgrades, including a race-spec suspension and brakes, and sports exclusive aero tweaks, wheels and graphics to differentiate itself from "regular" JCW models. Figure on a power figure north of the 214 horses the last GP produced (standard JCW Minis make 208 hp right now). Only 2,000 of the new Mini JCW GPs will be built and sold globally.

Given that the regular John Cooper Works models are fairly marvelous as is, the GP should be deliriously fun. No pricing yet, but since a loaded-up John Cooper Works easily runs into the high-$30K range now, we'd expect the limited-production GP to skip right past the $40,000 mark.

Now, when are they unveiling the GP Coupe?


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      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is so ugly, I have no words for it. Besides being ugly, it's also ridiculously underpowered for the money.
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      A car only a mini-lover would want.... $40K and still only a little over 200 hp. The obnoxious colors, graphics and ugly wheels are certain to make it a standout and linger in showrooms across the US.
        untitledfolder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        ... and linger in showrooms across the US? No, these are probably already spoken for and only 2000 will be made. Did you read that part?
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @untitledfolder
          Still doesn't make it any less overpriced, even if you limit the supply to 2000 examples.
        Brendan OConnor
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        This will sell out before they are done making them. I also love how people focus on the hp and not power to weight ratio. Do you know how much hp a base Lotus Elise has? Probably not. Go buy a Camaro and grow a mullet. You will fit right in with that crowd.
      dtrump_21
      • 2 Years Ago
      A nicely specced standard jcw looks better, is almost as fast and much cheaper
      • 2 Years Ago
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      tump
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love MINIs but for $40+k (including mandatory options), we're quickly approaching other performance cars. Reliability is also still an issue.
      tributetodrive
      • 2 Years Ago
      40k is a bit much for a mini
        Chris Young
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tributetodrive
        I agree, especiall when your just over 200HP. The new Genesis Coupe gives you nearly 150 more HP for well over 10K less. The Gen Coupe is over 2 seconds faster zero to 60 at around 5.1 seconds. I like the Mini if I knew nothing about the Genesis. There is also a track verson of the Kia Soul called the Trackster that will have over 250HP all wheel drive that should out perform any version of the new Mini and it will do it for around $20,000 cheaper. I look forward to the new performance cars that are going to come out in the near future.
      wanderlust
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Figure on a power figure north of the 214 horses the last GP produced (standard JCW Minis make 208 hp right now)" The really sad thing is all cooper S's should be around this power range. Cool but the price is way steep and Im feeling that there are other tuners which would be much more cost effective even with the price of a new cooper S included.
      Coleman Warren
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think I'll stick with my 300hp 350Z (allcarnames.com) and run circles around the first Mini GP owner that brings his toy car into my neighborhood. It's cute, but it's not for me.
        Chris Young
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Coleman Warren
        The Mini still seems like a chick car. As far as the Z I wish they would come out with a new design. 300HP is really not that impressive anymore especially when you compare it to the new Hyundai Genesis which has over 350HP and costs much less than the tired looking Z. Dont get me wrong I like the Z I just think its time for a design change. They have had this one for quite a few years now. I realize they made some minor changes but a total redesign is in order and bumping up the HP is sorely needed. I would like to see a new Z with around 400hp. I have also heard from several people that the Z loses over 90HP to the wheels. The parasitic loss is massive.
        untitledfolder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Coleman Warren
        But it's just a 350z... they're like last generation Mustangs, everyone has one; practically so common you'd think they're rental cars. The appeal here with the GP isn't having the most balls-to-the-wall fastest machine possible (nor any MINI). I think you missed the point?
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I too also like Mini but IMO for the kind of car they are and what you get they are way over priced
      merlot
      • 2 Years Ago
      You'd think that auto enthusiasts would mostly visit this site and be happy that another cool performance car is hitting the market. But all I see is a bunch of whiney bitches.
        Chris Young
        • 2 Years Ago
        @merlot
        Its always nice with a performance car comes out but I think people would like to see a bit more power out of the new Mini. Its a good bump up from the pitiful 130HP of the normal Mini but 214 is still not that impressive especially when there are several 4cyl that put out nearly 300HP. I know Hyundai/Kia are bringing several impressive engines to market. 276HP turbo 4cyl, 350HP 6cyl and a 460 or 470HP V8. I wish Mini would drop in a V6 and really take advantage of the excellent handling of the Mini. Imagine a 350HP Mini John Cooper Works now that would be impressive. It really goes away from the origional Mini but the new Mini is already quite different from the origional.
      Duncan1800
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, Mini's officially out of ideas then?
        Chris Young
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Duncan1800
        Ha ha it sounds like it. When they came out with the Clubman I think they were running out of ideas. A Mini costing north of $40,000 is pretty ridiculous. Any car thats over 40K with barely 200HP seems insanely high.
      Jordan Bellamy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish one of these would mess with me in my R56!!
        untitledfolder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jordan Bellamy
        I have an R56 too and if it "messed" with my Chili Red... I'd lose?
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