Production of hottest Mini ever confirmed for 2020, and spyshots show styling closely in-line with the concept
Tom Morgan, deputy digital editor
13 February 2019

Hours after Mini released details and the first teaser images of its most powerful and fastest model yet, spyshots of the upcoming John Cooper Works GP have surfaced. 

The fresh shots, which show the performance car on a transporter in the typical body disguise, tell us that the production GP is likely to retain an extreme rear wing design, aggressive bodykit and bespoke wheels.

The British firm previously revealed that the limited-run hot hatchback will arrive with over 300bhp, with hardcore styling that will match that of 2017’s GP Concept.

The four-cylinder turbocharged engine will make the GP the fastest and most powerful road-going Mini ever built by the company. No performance figures have been confirmed, although the company appears to be targeting the 8:23 Nürburgring-Nordschleife lap time achieved by its predecessor.

Teaser images released by Mini show a close-up of the rear diffuser, appearing to preview revised design from the original concept, and the four-spoke alloy wheels aren’t as motorsport-inspired as the centre-locking 19in wheels used on the concept.

Our Verdict

Mini Cooper 5-door hatch

Third-generation Mini hatchback comes with a range of new engines, more equipment and a practical five-door shape, but is it stretching the Mini name too far?

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

The 2017 concept’s large front and rear aprons are unlikely to be carried over in their entirety to the production model, although the LED rear lights that display half of the Union Jack, in a nod to the car’s British origin, have since become standard on the regular Mini hatchback.

The prominent use of lightweight materials including carbonfibre, which Mini said optimised the car’s power-to-weight ratio, may yet make it into the final car, although it would come with an increase in price.

Inside, the concept had a rollcage and pair of low-mounted bucket seats, with gearshifts controlled by paddles on the steering wheel. Mini has yet to reveal if the production version will follow suit.

The BMW-owned British brand said the concept is inspired by its triumphs at the Monte Carlo Rally in the 1960s, “embodying dynamic flair and the ultimate in driving fun”.

BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer previously told Autocar that a JCW GP model was likely to appear again. “The John Cooper Works GP is an important part of the Mini brand,” he said. “It has worked well for us in the past.”

Both the original and second-generation modern Minis offered a JCW GP model near the end of the mainstream models’ lifecycle, in 2006 and 2012 respectively. The new JCW GP will arrive shortly before the predicted launch of the new Mini hatchback.

The most recent JCW GP, launched in 2012, used a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 215bhp, a 7bhp increase over the standard JCW at that time. It hit 0-62mph in 6.3sec and cost £28,790.

The current standard JCW adopted a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit with 227bhp and also hits 0-62mph in 6.3sec, so expect improvement in both power and speed for the third-generation JCW GP.

Related stories: 

Mini electric concept makes Goodwood Festival of Speed appearance 

Happy birthday to Britain’s favourite car: Mini at 60 

The 10 best used Minis you can buy 

Join the debate

Comments
20

6 September 2017

Speechless and not in a good way

What are MINI doing ?

FMS

22 November 2018
Pistachio wrote:

Speechless and not in a good way

What are MINI doing ?

 

Your personal version of speechless, is to go on to talk and say nothing at all.

6 September 2017

It certainly is original I will give it that, but I think I will pass. I have never had the desire of having a stripped out mini with the love child of liberty Walk & mansory doing the exterior. I might have forgiven the exterior if it was rear engined like the Clio V6

6 September 2017

The fact that there are strong similarities here with the Electric Mini concept shown last week suggests to me that BMW might be bringing forward a pretty extensive redesign of the current car, which I think is universally felt to have been a step backwards.  I'm not exactly delighted with the styling of this concept either, but it is marginally better than the current bloated and gormless faced misnomer. 

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

6 September 2017
Bishop wrote:

The fact that there are strong similarities here with the Electric Mini concept shown last week suggests to me that BMW might be bringing forward a pretty extensive redesign of the current car, which I think is universally felt to have been a step backwards.  I'm not exactly delighted with the styling of this concept either, but it is marginally better than the current bloated and gormless faced misnomer. 

That seems to be the consensus. Perhaps with the fleg lights as an option.

They do seem to have forgotten though, in both concepts, to fit a rear numberplate surround. This may hamper type approval.

12 July 2018

Grotesque.

12 July 2018

whats "concept" about it, its just a modification to an existing design.  Their new EV version is more concept than this thing.  The Jag C-X75 was a concept.

12 July 2018

Mini seem to be getting further and further away from the original 60s mini design that is so appealing and well loved. This latest concept is grotesque.....I didn’t think I could see anything worse than the Countryman, but now I have. I’ll be sticking to my 2011 Mini convertible for a while yet I think. As to whether I will replace my current car it with a fourth Mini I’m not so sure....which is a shame. They’re great little cars to drive, but I just can’t feel the affection for the huge bulbous monstrosities that Mini have been building since 2014. 

12 July 2018

Mini seem to be getting further and further away from the original 60s mini design that is so appealing and well loved. This latest concept is grotesque.....I didn’t think I could see anything worse than the Countryman, but now I have. I’ll be sticking to my 2011 Mini convertible for a while yet I think. As to whether I will replace my current car it with a fourth Mini I’m not so sure....which is a shame. They’re great little cars to drive, but I just can’t feel the affection for the huge bulbous monstrosities that Mini have been building since 2014. 

13 February 2019

 Others have produced a Mini with over 300bhp, but they never seemed popular, so, yes, it’s Mini themselves who have done it, a bit late, it’s competitors in this sector , Honda, Ford, VW (Golf) have all gotten there Halo Cars out there, some with 300+ or even close to 400bhp and there all priced between £30-35K, this new Mini will have to be good from the get go, and judging by the lack of praise for the current Mini there’s not much hope either....

Peter Cavellini.

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week