2012 Paris Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The wraps have come off the high-performance 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP, which will be priced at the U.S. equivalent of $45,834.
- It will make its world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
- Production of a limited number of 2,000 units will start later this year.
PARIS — The wraps have come off the high-performance 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP, which will be priced at the U.S. equivalent of $45,834. It will make its world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
Production of a limited number of 2,000 units will start later this year.
This is the second time that Mini has produced a GP version of the top-of-the-range John Cooper Works Mini, the previous edition appearing in 2006 and signalling the sunset period of that particular generation of the car.
The two-seater produces 218 horsepower from its turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, a rise of 7 hp over the standard JCW. The Mini John Cooper Works GP sprints from zero to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds. It can also lap the Nürburgring Nordschliefe circuit in an impressive 8 minutes, 23 seconds.
The engine's extra potency is the result of a low-weight crankshaft, raised boost from the twin turbos and a series of durability-reinforcing features such as sodium-cooled exhaust valves, a modified cylinder head and reinforced pistons. As with the previous JCW GP, this Mini has been lightened, most obviously by the removal of the rear seats in favor of a substantial cross brace and a rather crudely finished and shallow storage box in the seat well.
However, the addition of a carbon-fiber roof spoiler (genuinely effective), bigger wheels and tires, bigger brakes with six-piston calipers up front, enlarged front and rear aprons, rocker panel extensions and wider tires means that the GP weighs 209 pounds more than the stock JCW.
Chassis modifications include adjustable coil-overs allowing a ride height reduction, modified geometry and inverted front shock internals to increase the dampers' stiffness, reducing their internal friction.
The GP is much dressier, too, especially from the outside where it's distinguished by a sizable roof spoiler, GP stripes along its lower flanks, red intake trumpets in the front apron, special alloys, faux vents in the rockers and the broader aprons. Extensive aerodynamic modifications also include under-floor paneling whose vents suck air out of the engine bay at speed and the tailgate wing. These and other modifications contribute to a 90 percent reduction in lift over the back axle.
Inside you'll find Recaro seats — only two, remember — trimmed with grippy, suedelike center panels, extra stitching, red and anthracite detailing and a horizontal reinforcing bar that spans the void where the backrest would have been.
U.S. pricing has not been announced.
Edmunds says: The extreme JCW GP is not only the fastest road Mini yet, but also signals the beginning of the end for this generation of the hatch, which is to be replaced in 2014.