Mini officially unveiled the John Cooper Works GP back in May, but it has yet to release any official specs or details about its limited-production hot hatch. Fortunately, the folks over at MotoringFile.com have apparently stumbled upon some leaked spec sheets for the European version of the car. (Official U.S. specs and features are reportedly set to be released later this month).

We already knew the John Cooper Works GP is going to be 19 seconds faster around the Nürburgring than the 2006 Mini GP, but what we didn't know is how exactly Mini shaved that much time from the car. According to the article, the new Mini GP will produce 218 horsepower and up to 206 pound-feet of torque (using the overboost feature). Weighing about 100 pounds less than a 2012 Mini Cooper JCW, the new Mini GP can run to 60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds with a top speed 150 mph.

As we all know, getting 'round the 'Ring takes more than just speed, and the Mini GP has been upgraded with a better suspension and brake system. It is reported this car will get a set of fully adjustable coilovers with an aggressive negative-camber front and rear setup to go with specially designed Kumho sport tires. For improved braking, the Mini GP upgrades to six-piston front calipers. Even the aerodynamics of the Mini GP have been optimized including a shield beneath the engine, a rear diffuser and a rear spoiler.

The new JCW GP will be limited to just 2,000 units total, it isn't clear how many will be earmarked for U.S. buyers. All of the new Mini John Cooper Works GP cars will be two-seaters, painted in Thunder Grey Metallic and equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.


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      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree with the previous comments overall as most likely at 2k units they will get marked up and for me I am over that phase, I would never do that again. I owned a Mini before and they are fun to drive. 218 HP should be pretty insane but again at that price? Eh.....
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Until its no longer priced way beyond reason, it's a nogo...cool cars, but not at 30% more than they are worth.
      AnalogJesse
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still completely overpriced. But that will never change for Minis. Anyone who buys this over a Mustang GT is not an enthusiast. Hipsters and rich parents buy them, and that's all they need, apparently.
        Hatzenbach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AnalogJesse
        "Anyone who buys this over a Mustang GT is not an enthusiast. " someone who says sth like that is not an enthusiast
        untitledfolder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AnalogJesse
        You are absolutely insane if you think anyone cross shops a limited edition GP with a... Mustang GT? Maybe I should go to the grocery and get a bag of oranges when they're all out of Apples?
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @untitledfolder
          @ Tirac Okay, calm down and don't get your panties in a wad. I was merely saying that for the MONEY, this vehicle does not perform. If it were MY OWN money, I wouldn't buy one of these and I'd get a GT instead. I know they are just about as far away as possible from each other, it is like comparing apples and tomatoes, but I don't see the point in spending $40,000 on a vehicle that has a base price of less than $20,000. There is a reason why they are only making 2,000, as it is a limited production vehicle. I get that, what I don't get is its price relative to its performance. Also, where did I say someone can't buy one or so what they want? You need to calm down, and learn how to read.
          Txdesign
          • 2 Years Ago
          @untitledfolder
          To Ducman 69: The Mustang weighs 1,000 lbs. more, is 42 inches longer and is rated at 15/26. Too much heft, size and lousy economy. Tell me again why I should cross shop a Mustang GT?
          Ducman69
          • 2 Years Ago
          @untitledfolder
          Why would someone not look at another car that can offer about the same amount of interior room, fuel economy, and superior performance for possibly less money? Common sense dictates you wouldn't restrict yourself to JUST that particular body shape. Function > form.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @untitledfolder
          @ Txdesign Because if you are buying a performance car, it should: 1. Perform 2. Be RWD 3. Not be a complete fashion statement more than a performance statement Mustang GT > Cooper GP This will likely be $40,000.
          untitledfolder
          • 2 Years Ago
          @untitledfolder
          One is front wheel drive and extremely light-weight. The other is heavy and rear wheel... One is a HATCH, and one has a tiny trunk... one has a forced induction four cylinder and the other a v8... one is German and one is American... one is tossable and fuel sipping, the other is an animal. One you can parallel park blind, the other is practically a barge in the city. One is an extremely limited edition and the other as common as a stop sign. How could they NOT be more different? There are so many other cars to compare MINI's too, i.e. GTI, Veloster Turbo, Miata even and you choose a friggin' Mustang GT...
          desinerd1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @untitledfolder
          I do that sometimes - when they are out of apples, I get oranges.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugh! what an ugly looking car. I'm glad they are only making 2000 of those.
      dcb
      • 2 Years Ago
      until they change the interior, this will always be a no-go
        telm12345
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dcb
        When I went to the MINI dealership to test drive, the guy was EXTREMELY nice, but he said "I don't have to sell this car, it sells itself." Now, I agree the sales numbers aren't high, but what he meant was spot on. You buy a MINI because you like the quirky interior, the small size, the feeling that you own/drive something different. Something with a personality. I'm sorry, but people buy them specifically because they are the apples where the rest of the market is oranges. Just not that comparable to anything else. I'll give you that the GTI is similar as I am comparing them myself right now, but even then, neither I nor the lady thing they are that similar. And frankly, its amazing that such "relative" cars are so totally different.
      Design1stCode2nd
      • 2 Years Ago
      When you can buy a speed 3, focus ST or WRX for a lot less, more seats and practicality and they are faster what’s the point? Mini’s are cute and fun but very poor performance buys. You know this will be around $40k, who in their right mind buys this over an Evo, STI, 370z, etc for less money?
        untitledfolder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Design1stCode2nd
        Did you miss the part where there are 2000 examples worldwide only? People buy this who are already MINI/BMW enthusiasts, and it is not a mainstream competitor to these vehicles you listed. The rest are everyday cars (albeit great) to them, and this is something is extra limited. I feel like this is obvious. People who buy these are not considering bang for the buck like every other car blog commenter.
          Tirac
          • 2 Years Ago
          @untitledfolder
          Lol well said. If only bang for the buck sold cars mustang GTs and corvettes would be best sellers around the world
          Toneron
          • 2 Years Ago
          @untitledfolder
          meh
      • 2 Years Ago
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        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        This is a completely different league compared to the Si.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          [blocked]
          telm12345
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          over9000, it is completely different because if you drive one and then drive the other, they are completely different. The strategy is different and the target market is completely different. One is a Honda for zit-faced 16 year olds delivering pizzas and the other has a mature culture around it. Sorry, totally different. Also, drive a a manual MINI S and tell me its anything like the SI. Also, its a collector's item. This one is not just about performance.
      Travisty
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously guys? Mini? I'm kind of surprised that you don't spell it Bmw, Amg, Gti, Rdx, etc. It's MINI. It has been ever since BMW (see, all caps?) took over the brand in the 00s. If you have *ANY* questions on how to spell it, just look at the AOL Autos ad in between the story and the comments. Ugh.
        lasertekk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisty
        I'm a traditionalist, so it's still a 'Mini' like the descendants of King George intended. I don't care what the Krauts decided to rename it.
          Travisty
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lasertekk
          Mini - Original brand MINI - BMW-owned brand To call a bloated 2700lb car (to say nothing of the SUVs, crossovers, etc) a "Mini" is an insult to the original brand. It's partially why BMW changed the name. MINI is the modern interpretation, and furthermore it's the ACTUAL NAME OF THE BRAND. Autoblog screwing this up smacks of amateur hour...
          lasertekk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lasertekk
          Still don't care what the krauts renamed it.
        RJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisty
        The Germans can go jump in a lake.
      Kool350z
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would much rather get one of those MINI minis that hunted down javelins at the 2012 Olympics and terrorize our cat with it.
      Toneron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow that is incredible! 218 HP! And the raw speed! Way faster to 60 than the 1987 Dodge Charger! This thing is a joke - it's a rich kid's 16th birthday present. - nothing more.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not digging the color patern choice there. Sounds like a very respectable car but they are usually so retardedly overpriced that it just doesn't make any sense to me. If I'm wrong and its priced in the range of say the Focus ST, great! But if its like most of their special packages that are priced almost as much as a Corvette, cmon, please, I'll get a real sportscar.
      pngrant54
      • 2 Years Ago
      The wheels on the car are OK. However therest of the car is "garish". Why could they just left all that stupid striping
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