Aside from an adorably tough appearance, that just-under-$40,000 price tag gets you a whole host of performance goodies, including a turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 218 horsepower and as much as 207 pound-feet of torque. No, that isn't any more oomph than what you get in the standard JCW Hardtop, but there's a whole lot more to the GP kit. For starters, there's a fully adjustable coilover suspension, not to mention a reduction in overall weight – at 2,558 pounds, the GP is 121 pounds lighter than a normal John Cooper Works Hardtop.
A Mini spokesperson confirmed to Autoblog that the JCW GP can only be purchased one way, and will be offered as an option package on the standard John Cooper Works Hardtop. Its starting price represents a $5,150 increase over a standard JCW model, and is the most expensive model in the Mini range (the next being the $35,550 John Cooper Works Countryman).
Scroll down for a full look at pricing for the 2013 model year Mini lineup.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 25, 2012
All 2013 pricing includes a $700 Destination and Handling charge (unchanged from 2012).
Cooper S: $24,000
John Cooper Works: $30,800
Cooper S: $25,450
John Cooper Works: $32,050
Cooper S: $29,250
John Cooper Works: $36,400
Cooper S: $25,800
John Cooper Works: $33,000
Cooper S: $28,850
John Cooper Works: $36,000
Cooper S: $26,300
Cooper S ALL4: $28,000
John Cooper Works: $35,550
MINI John Cooper Works GP
Key Equipment / Technology Changes
Bluetooth will be standard on every 2013 MY vehicle (formerly a $500 option), replacing Sirius Satellite Radio.
Sirius will now be an option ($250) and includes a one-year subscription.
The Technology package now includes Sirius Satellite radio, Comfort Access in addition to the existing MINI Connected feature. A center armrest (with integrated iPhone adapter pre-wiring) is also included.
A new Premium package ($1,250) has been added for the MINI Hardtop and Clubman that includes the three most-popular options-a Dual-pane panoramic sunroof, Automatic wipers and Automatic climate control. Bundled together, they offer a $500 discount.
Specific Color / Option Changes by Model
The semi-automatic roof and rear wind deflector are now standard on all MY 2013 Roadster variants.
2013 MY Production
MY 2013 production of MINI Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman, Coupe and Roadster will begin in July 2012.
MY 2013 production of MINI Countryman will begin in November 2012.
MY 2013 production of the John Cooper Works GP will begin in the fall (exact timing to be confirmed.)