If you were hoping Mini might be bringing out a John Cooper Works GP version of its new Coupe hatchback bodystyle, we're sorry to disappoint you, but the Mini-obsessed folks at MotoringFile says it's not going to happen. Despite having gotten far enough into development that our spy shooters were able to catch the car during testing on public roads, the powers that be have reportedly scuttled those plans.

The report says marketing concerns are likely to blame, as Mini did not want to dilute enthusiasm for the limited-production Cooper JCW GP. Like its predecessor, the 2006 Mini Cooper S JCW GP, just 2,000 examples are to be sold worldwide, and Mini has yet to even release full specs on the Cooper-based JCW GP.

While this move makes sense to us largely because we're not fans of the Coupe, MotoringFile does hedge its bets, writing that the JCW GP Coupe "may not be entirely dead." Certainly Mini could still decide to release it later in the Coupe's lifecycle, particularly if sales stall and those same marketing types decide (as they often do) that moving the metal trumps exclusivity.


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      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's at least nice to know that Mini does say no to an idea occasionally.
      N2
      • 2 Years Ago
      fugly
      Ray
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good decision! That is UGLY!
      banan
      • 2 Years Ago
      so awesome!
      goatcars
      • 2 Years Ago
      This belongs right up there with the AMC Pacer, Pontiac Aztec and 1961 Dodge as the UGLIEST car ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      The roof destroys the look of the car.
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think mini should nix the coupe program....
      Joey Mcfreely
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should nix the coupe altogether. When they first showed the concept I said, "they won't build something so ugly." I really can't believe they are going to build such a useless, ugly, piece of junk.
      fred schumacher
      • 2 Years Ago
      The roof doesn't work at all. Really ugly and visibility out of the there must be virtually nonexistent.
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          Howard
          • 2 Years Ago
          touche. i definitely agree with the above statement!
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