MINI threw out the plan to make a JCW GP Coupe model even before the model arrived or became appreciated by buyers. MINI is apprehensive about the JCW GP two-door model with the belief that it would affect the R56 GP. The Coupe is the new performance flagship for the brand.
It’s expected that a GP model would offer a better performance than the hard-top R56 GP version, which sits as the fastest MINI ever made with an incredible 8:19 Nurburgring lap time. It’s no wonder that MINI is hesitating.
There are questions about the seriousness of the brand to build the Coupe as the automaker’s true halo model. Insiders say that it’s possible MINI didn’t cancel the project entirely but it has put an indefinite hold on plans to hasten the development and introduction o the bar.
It’s possible that Mercedes is just doing this to buy some time. INI JCW GP Coupe has already been spied testing and so it’s likely it will do so in front of its dealers.
The important factor that drives the appeal of the MINI Coupé is its superb body style, which is incomparable to its competitors. Instantly recognizable as a car that belongs to the MINI roster, it is an authentic and enticing take of the traditional MINI design which contains elements that clients have been used to as they’ve been driving on UK roads in the last 10 years.
The car's format - the smart blend of sporty carved surfaces, cohesive curves and twin lines - takes the MINI's design in a totally different direction, with a new and distinct emphasis on the brand's athletic characteristic.
The MINI Coupé is a highly technological car as well. It's the first MINI to make use of the 'three-box' body structure, dividing the car into three parts - the cabin, the engine and the boot. While the total width and length are almost similar to the proportions of the MINI Hatch, the Coupé's total height is 29 mm lower. The rear provides the car a stronger profile. The lower ceiling does not compromise the comfort of everyone on board, though. The headlining has oval recesses that give more headroom, aptly representing the MINI's 'no compromise' philosophy.
The design team spearheaded by Anders Warming, Head of Design, has provided the MINI Coupé a unique look from every side. The most stunning view is unmistakably the profile, with the horizontal aspect of the vehicle shown into three individual sections - the wrap-around glass, the exterior, and the head-turning 'helmet design' roof. The windscreen and A-pillars are raked by 13˚ as opposed to the MINI Hatch, giving a smaller front end that provides the MINI Coupé exemplary aerodynamic features.
Air flow is also enhanced by the installed spoiler at the back of the roof, and through a specific dynamic back spoiler installed in the bootlid also. It is automatically programmed to function when the vehicle achieves a speed of 50mph - and turns off when speed is decreased to 37mph - but can be also manually operated through a button in the control panel. The Coupé is the first MINI ever to showcase a dynamic back spoiler, which aids the back axle to enhance aerodynamic stability and road grip.