Mini is set to join the high-performance hot hatch game with a John Cooper Works GP boasting over 300bhp.
The limited-run model had previously been confirmed for production at the 2018 LA Auto Show, but this is the first batch of technical details known about the car — along with a first glimpse at some of its design details.
Mini hasn’t disclosed what engine will be providing the monstrous power output, but it’s likely to be a heavily reworked version of the 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder unit found in the current John Cooper Works. In that car, it develops 228bhp and 320Nm — resulting in a 6.1 second 0-60mph time. Expect that to be shattered by the GP.
Teaser images of the car highlight an aggressive rear wing design, an uprated exhaust system and GP-bespoke alloy wheels. Expect to see the full machine later this year ahead of it arriving on the market in 2020. Just 3,000 examples of the Mini John Cooper Works GP are slated for productionSee Available MINI Deals
The nameplate stretches back to 2006, when Mini launched the hardcore version of the popular hatchback to send off the first-generation of the BMW-produced car. Following that, another GP was present in 2013 to bow out the second-generation car — signalling that 2020 could be the final year for the Mini in its current form.