The 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP is dropping weight and lowering its lap times, but one thing it won't be losing is its flat roof. Like the original JCW GP package, Evo says that despite the fact that sportier Mini Coupes have been caught testing, the new GP will only be offered in the three-door Cooper hatchback body style. And that's perfectly fine with us.

Evo spoke with GP development chief Jorg Weidinger who said that as a part of the car's history, "It was a hatch, it is a hatch and it should stay a hatch." Weidinger also said that Mini is not planning to set any Nürburgring records with the new JCW GP even though earlier reports indicate that the car is a full 20 seconds faster around the 'Ring than its 2006 predecessor.

The new Mini John Cooper Works GP weighs 121 pounds less than the John Cooper Works Hardtop, offers a fully adjustable coil-over suspension and it will have a starting price of $39,950, (including $700 for destination) when it goes on sale later this year.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Besides being a total rip off, it's also butt ugly with all the gorpy ugly tacked on stuff.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I dont think those looks will age well.. I'll take the go fast parts in sleeper form please.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know it's expensive, and for just driving on the road it's probably not a great option, but if it's better than the previous GP it'll be fantastic to drive - like nothing else. A Subaru, Mustang or Evo are great drivers cars, but very different cars to drive to this. I drove the last gen at the Nurburgring and it was probably the most fun I've had round there, more than an M5, Exige or 911. Shame this one won't come with a screaming supercharger though!
        • 2 Years Ago
        More fun than Exige? Let's not get too out of control here. I've driven plenty of modified Minis on track, and none come close to an Exige/Elise.
        • 2 Years Ago
        "I drove the last gen at the Nurburgring and it was probably the most fun I've had round there, more than an M5, Exige or 911" I think this says more about your driving skill than about the cars.
      • 2 Years Ago
      500 are said to be headed to the US. Good thinking.
      • 2 Years Ago
      as much as I love the details on this car, the price is a bit ridiculous.