The MINI GP has sold out in the UK before a single customer has driven the car and extra allocation of the exclusive 2000 models being built for the globe has been secured. The MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit was announced in October 2005, and only 444 UK customers were given the chance to own one from July 2006.

Such has been the demand for the fastest, most powerful production MINI yet, that MINI UK has been negotiating with other countries and has managed to snatch 15 more of the prized models. Only 10 of these extra models remain today. America, Germany and Switzerland have also been eager to increase their share of the elite 2000 cars.

MINI will present the first MINI GP – numbered 0001 on the roof – at the 2006 British International Motor Show in just over a month at London’s Docklands.

The two-seater MINI GP – available in exclusive Thunder Blue metallic paintwork with Pure Silver roof – gives a power output of around 218 bhp and weighs approximately 40 kilos less than a standard MINI Cooper S. The GP reaches 62mph in under 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 146mph.

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