You heard it is coming and it is finally here. We are talking about the 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP. Why should any Mini fan bother? Because it is gorgeous and also it is the fastest model from the marque that has ever been approved for road use. Now, if that’s not a good enough reason, I don’t know what is.
Powered by a 306 horsepower inline-4 turbocharged motor, this little guy the 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP is capable of rocketing from naught to 100 (0-62 mph) in just 5.2 seconds before topping out at a breathtaking 265 km/h (165 mph).
Here are the highlights this new pocket rocket:
• 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology, 225 kW/306 hp and 450 Nm.
• 55 kW/75 hp more output than the MINI John Cooper Works.
• Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, top speed: 265 km/h (not cut off).
• Model-specific oil supply and cooling concept geared towards maximum performance.
• Model-specific sports exhaust system for emotionally powerful sound.
• 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission with integrated mechanical differential lock for the front wheels.
• Distinctive chassis design and set-up, suspension lowered by 10 mm as compared to the MINI John Cooper Works.
• Particularly high-performance sports brake system.
• Extremely rigid body structure, engine and suspension connection.
• Model-specific front and rear aprons.
• Roof spoiler with double-wing contour.
• Powerfully flared carbon wheel arch covers.
• Interior with two seats and model-specific cockpit.
Following its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show late last year, the 2021 MINI John Cooper Works GP has gone into production with a limited edition of 3,000 units. Mini has already started delivering the ride to its customers starting March 2020. I was wrong, huh? I thought it would have been snapped up already.
At least it appears not to be the case in stateside. Apparently, you can still reserve yours today. But for how much? I have no idea.
Anywho… in case it got sold out, or whatever reasons (like because the GP is a 2-seater, for example?), there’s always the “vanilla” Mini John Cooper Works which you can buy and spruce it up with the newly announced John Cooper Works GP Pack:
“From July 2020, the John Cooper Works GP Pack is being supplied factory fitted for this car. The pack with exclusive design and equipment attributes will bring authentic race-track flair to the road.”
So, don’t drop you money yet without asking for the pack, so your soon-to-be Mini Cooper Works will roll out of the factory looking like the GP, possibly without as much of a financial burden as the real-deal.
No word on how much it actually cost. But there’s nothing your favorite dealers can’t answer, so we suggest you get in touch with them if you are keen.
Images: BMW Group.