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Published on September 6th, 2012 | by James Allen


Mini Cooper JCW GP: tech specs and pics

We’ve already heard about the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works GP – it was first announced in March earlier this year – but, ahead of its public debut at the Paris Motor Show, Mini has published a few more technical details and images of its new flagship Cooper model.

Just as with the previous JCW GP edition, the new car boasts a slightly higher power output figure than the ‘standard’ John Cooper Works – the 1.6 turbocharged petrol engine produces 215hp (the JCW generates ‘only’ 208hp), whilst the torque figure remains the same at 192lb/ft. The power is transmitted through a six-speed manual transmission.

As a result of the boosted power, the claimed performance statistics for the GP are also improved over the JCW – whereas the donor car can hit 62mph in 6.5 seconds and hit 148mph, the JCW GP will allegedly sprint to 62mph in 6.3 seconds, and onto a top speed of 150mph.

The figure that Mini seems to be most proud of, though, is the time it set around the Nürburgring Nordschleife – it’s said the JCW GP lapped the fabled German circuit in a time of eight minutes, twenty three seconds. Or, in a family tree game to Top Trumps, eighteen seconds faster than what the previous Mini JCW GP could muster.

This new turn in speed is mostly down to all the mechanical tweaks that Mini has done to the car’s chassis. As part of the fettling and tuning, the JCW GP features adjustable coilover suspension, front shock absorbers that have been installed upside down to improve rigidity, high-performance six piston brake calipers, altered damping fore and aft, reduced front camber and lightened 17inch alloy wheels that are shod in Kumho rubber that has been engineered specifically for this car.

With regards to the interior, it’s befitting of a lightweight track-biased tool – branded Recaro bucket seats replace the standard chairs you’d find in the front of other Mini Cooper’s, whilst the rear bench has been removed to make way for the roll cage.

All cars will be available in a unique-to-the-GP ‘Thunder Grey Metallic’ paint scheme, along with racy red accents, a body kit inspired by the MINI Challenge racecar and ‘GP’ decals.

Only 2,000 Mini John Cooper Works GPs will be made, and will retail for £28,790.


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