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MINI John Cooper Works GP Details

(Friday 7 September 2012)

MINI John Cooper Works GP.

There have been sporty MINIs before, but nothing the BMW-owned brand has come up with before quite matches the new John Cooper Works GP, which makes its world debut at the Paris Show this month and will then go into a limited production run of 2000 units.

The 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine has been tuned to produce a maximum of 218bhp, but that's barely the start of it. The GP has an unladen weight of 1160kg, and also features 215/40 tyres (suitable mostly for dry conditions) on its 17" wheels, exterior and underbody aerodynamic work, uprated brakes with six-pot calipers all round and adjustable suspension giving a 20mm range of ride heights.

The suspension geometry has also been altered, and includes (to take one example) increased negative camber to promote turn-in and mid-corner grip. There are Recaro seats up front and no seats at all in the rear because, frankly, who needs those in such an obviously track-oriented car?

The GP shares the 39.8mpg and 165g/km fuel economy and CO2 figures of the John Cooper Works car, but you can forget about achieving either of those if you use all the performance. In a straight line the GP can get from 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 150mph, and has lapped the fabled Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in 8 minutes 23 seconds, or 18 seconds faster than the 2006 MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP tuning kit.

UK pricing for the GP has been set at £28,790.

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