New 300bhp 2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP III spied

Hardcore hot MINI JCW GP III will make debut in 2019 with aggressive aero and Golf R rivalling power output

MINI has confirmed that a new John Cooper Works GP hatch is in the pipeline, and these spy shots reveal the firm’s next hardcore hot hatch ahead of an anticipated unwrapping towards the end of 2019. 

Clearly, the John Cooper Works GP III is a step above the regular John Cooper Works fettled Cooper S, based on these images. We can clearly see far more aggressive bodywork, with new aerodynamic sculpting at the front and wildly flared wheelarches, necessary to accomodate the circuit-biased MINI’s wider fron and rear tracks. The square shape of the new wheelarches is a touch taken directly from the MINI GP Concept revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017.

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Elsewhere, a huge new rear wing sits on the hatchback bootlid too. The John Cooper Works GP III in the picture rides on five-spoke wheels, but teaser images issued by MINI reveal that it’ll get the GP’s trademark four-spoke alloys. 

It’ll launch in 2020, and MINI has confirmed it’ll feature a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with more than 300bhp. Like previous GP models, it will be built in a limited production run, with only 3,000 units available for sale worldwide.

It will draw inspiration from the John Cooper Works GP Concept from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. As such upgrades over the current range-topper, the John Cooper Works, will likely include a reworked suspension setup, bigger brakes, a widened track, a new differential and a redesigned exterior with functional aerodynamics.

The engine will likely be a highly-tuned version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit from the standard MINI JCW. To achieve MINI’s “more than 300bhp” claim, we expect it will be fitted with a larger turbocharger, a new intercooler system and reworked exhaust.

The showroom version probably won’t go to the same weight-saving extremes as the concept, but it is expected to shed a few kilos over the standard John Cooper Works, with no rear seats to be found.

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