As you may know already, the new MINI John Cooper Works GP will make its world debut this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, but in the meantime, the manufacturer released all the details we needed. First of all, the MINI John Cooper Works GP will be built in a limited edition of just 2,000 units, each powered by a modified 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine delivering 160 kW/ 218 hp, a maximum torque of 260 Nm from 1,750 rpm (for short periods peak torque can be increased for short periods to 280 Nm from 2,000 rpm) and capable to push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds and to a top speed of 242 km/h (150 mph).
Moreover, the car features an extra-powerful sports brake system and model-specific alloy wheels wrapped in high performance sports tyres in order to offer superb handling and outstanding driving enjoyment. As we said, the car features a powerful braking system and according to the official press release, it features front discs that are 330 millimetres in diameter and 25 millimetres thick, with 280 x 10 mm discs at the rear.
These are hidden behind the 17-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in 17-inch alloy wheels. On the MINI John Cooper Works GP, the DSC Dynamic Stability Control is not combined with DTC, as would normally be the case, but with a special GP racing mode.
This means that under hard driving, the driver may often not want ASC engine power reduction cutting in, so instead this system offers just ASC braking, based on the EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) subfunction. In terms of design, the car features a new body kit consisting of a new front apron with side air intakes, a new front hood featuring a big air intake for the engine, new side sills, a new rear roof spoiler and a new rear apron featuring a two-pipe exhaust in the center.
The MINI John Cooper Works GP comes as standard with xenon headlights in black shells, fog lamps, sun protection glazing, air conditioning, DSC with special GP mode, and a Sport button. The body is painted in the exclusive colour Thunder Grey metallic, with red for the edging round the bonnet opening as well as for the exterior mirror caps and the side air intakes in the front apron.
The same sporty theme is continued at the interior, where the car features Recaro sport seats with GP stitching, a John Cooper Works thick-rimmed leather steering wheel and a gearshift knob with chrome ring and red shift diagram. We can observe the absence of the rear seat bench, as the car is focused on the needs of the driver and “co-driver”. Moreover, the interior features anthracite roof liner, the piano black interior surfaces and door grips.