The third-generation MINI JCW GP will hit showrooms in 2020, it has been confirmed
BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer has confirmed that MINI’s race-inspired John Cooper Works GP Concept from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will be put into production in 2020.
The GP concept was the most aggressive version of the MINI to date, sporting a significantly wider track and flared wheelarches, carbon fibre side skirts, lightweight 19-inch wheels, a chunky carbon fibre splitter, and a huge rear wing.
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Recent spy shots of a MINI test mule sporting beefy brakes and the same rear wing from John Cooper Works GP concept suggests the production model won’t be straying too far away from the concept’s initial design.
The production MINI John Copper Works GP will probably not go to the same extremes as the concept in the weight reduction department, although it is expected to be loose a few kilogrammes over the standard car.
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It will be powered a tuned version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine from the standard MINI John Cooper Works, producing around 280bhp.
Much like its 2006 and 2012 predecessors – badged GP and GP II respectively – we expect the latest Cooper Works GP will be built in limited numbers. It’ll likely be limited to less than 2,000 examples.
The concept was described by the British brand as “driving fun in its purest form,” with design elements borrowed from motorsport.
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