At this year’s New York Auto Show, MINI’s Dr Kay Segler said that the company is working on the MINI GP II and that it will be launched in May at the Mini United 2012 in La Castellet. Just like the previous model, the new MINI GP II will be powered by a more powerful version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine found on the Cooper S, which delivers 184 hp.
According to Autocar, the new MINI GP will carry around 220 hp. Regarding the design, the MINI GP II will feature bespoke front and rear bumpers, a new rear air diffuser as well as a rear tailgate spoiler. For better handling, the new car will also have a lower ride height.
Just like the previous version, it is expected that the new GP will be produced in a limited edition of just 2000 units. For those who don’t know, the first MINI John Cooper Works GP caused a stir back in 2005 when it was launched as the fastest and most powerful MINI at that time. There are no details if the new MINI GP will have two or four seats, but the original had a stripped-out rear with an exposed strut brace.