BMW’s Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works (JCW) GP Kit will make its first public viewing at the Geneva Motor Show. The fastest, most powerful production Mini ever will reach 62mph in under 6.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 146mph.
The GP has a power output of 218bhp, a stunning 136bhp per litre, and a maximum torque of 180 lbs-ft. Only 2000 of this special production model will be built and 444 are bound for the UK from July onwards. The guide price is 38300$ which includes 17400$ worth of additional equipment if specified on a standard Mini Cooper S. Almost three-quarters of the UK allocation have already been ordered by Mini enthusiasts six months ahead of launch. So far, there is still no word on U.S. availability.
In the interests of power to weight ratio, the car weighs approximately 40 kilos less than a standard Mini Cooper S. This has been achieved by modifications to the chassis and engineering tweaks. The longitudinal control arms on the rear axle are now made of aluminum and the sound-deadening material has been taken out.
The entire rear seat bench has been removed. In its place is a very neat flat loading area that can be folded up in a Z-arrangement for easy access to two additional storage boxes.
Standard equipment includes: Limited slip differential, Dynamic Stability Control, Recaro sports seats in Panther Black leather, single CD, air-conditioning and a multi-function steering wheel. The car also features JCW sports brakes, JCW sports suspension and exclusive low-profile tyres and 18-inch light-alloy rims.
A new aerodynamics package has been added that significantly improves the car’s drag coefficient and downforce on both front and rear axles, enhancing the driving experience at high speeds. New highlights are the front and rear air dams, the extra low side-sills, and the underfloor cover, as well as a wing-shaped rear spoiler.