Jun 28, 2019
Something Fast is Coming to New Zealand in 2020.
The MINI John Cooper Works GP.
A prototype of the new extreme athlete in the model programme of the British premium brand was presented to the public for the first time as part of the 24 Hours Nürburgring pre-race programme. At the 24-hour race, the MINI and John Cooper Works engineers interrupted their testing programme for a short while to present the disguised prototype of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP to the public for the first time.
The new MINI John Cooper Works GP will be produced next year in a limited edition of 3,000 units. With its high engine power, model-specific suspension technology harmonised with John Cooper Works motor racing expertise, weight-optimised construction and precisely defined aerodynamic properties, it sets a new benchmark in the small car segment. The fact that it takes the extreme driving fun offered by a MINI to a whole new level has already become amply clear in the course of tuning runs to date. The predecessor model set the previous benchmark at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with a lap time of 8:23 minutes. The prototype of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP went round the legendary “Green Hell” in less than eight minutes – and its testing programme is not yet over.
The prototype of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP didn’t push the limits during its demonstration run at the Nürburgring, but it hardly was able to hide its outstanding sporting potential even when driven in moderate style. A more than 220 kW/300 hp 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology under the bonnet makes for spirited sprint capacity and a captivating sound. Wide open air intakes, large light alloy wheels, the distinctive design of the front and rear aprons and the striking roof spoiler are its unmistakable features for inspiring performance characteristics – despite the disguise applied for testing purposes.
The new MINI John Cooper Works GP will go on sale in 2020 in a limited edition of 3,000 units globally. Production numbers for the Kiwi market have not yet been confirmed, however we strongly recommend any keen MINI enthusiast to reach out to their preferred MINI dealer for further information.