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This V-8 Mini Cooper is the Ultimate Pocket Rocket

This V-8 Mini Cooper is the Ultimate Pocket Rocket

This MINI Cooper has ditched its usual 4-cylinder engine in favor of a massive BMW V-8

MINI Coopers are known for providing a driving sensation similar to that of a go-kart. How exactly can you make a MINI better? Well, how about swap the engine out for a V-8 coupled with rear-wheel drive? Yeah, that’ll do it.

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2021 Mini Remastered Oselli Edition

2021 Mini Remastered Oselli Edition

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This Custom Mid-Engine Mini Is the Definition of a Pocket Rocket

This Custom Mid-Engine Mini Is the Definition of a Pocket Rocket

Although pocket ballistic missile would be a better description honestly

Engine swaps, we’ve see quite a few. Burly V-8s replacing puny flat-fours or screaming V-10 engines giving new life to Japanese sports cars and muscle cars alike. A motorcycle engine powering a Mini, however, is not something you see every day.

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A RWD Mini Cooper and 502-Horsepower Honda Engine Create the Power-To-Weight Ratio of a Bugatti Veyron

A RWD Mini Cooper and 502-Horsepower Honda Engine Create the Power-To-Weight Ratio of a Bugatti Veyron

Is there anything that a Mini can’t do?

The Mini was conceived by Alec Issigonis to be the ultimate city car, small in proportions but featuring a groundbreaking platform that made it surprisingly spacious on the inside. It sold in over five million copies and is considered one of the most influential designs ever. So good was BMC’s biggest hit that it even made waves in the racing world, both on the rally stages and on the circuits of the world. It is, then, not that surprising that a latter-day Mini with enough mods is capable of putting 500 horsepower to the ground.

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Weird Comparison: Honda Civic Type R vs Mini John Cooper Works GP

Weird Comparison: Honda Civic Type R vs Mini John Cooper Works GP

These two are not exactly direct rivals, but they’re both hot hatches priced similarly… hence this video

There’s no shortage of hot hatches on the market - in fact, the niche is becoming a rather cutthroat arena slowly but steadily. There’s also no doubt that two of its hottest representatives come from Honda and Mini, in the shape of the Civic Type R and the bonkers John Cooper Works GP. These two happen to make the subject of a recent comparo by Edmunds. Care to see which one came out on top?

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Mini JCW GP3 F350 by Manhart

Mini JCW GP3 F350 by Manhart

This pocket rocket gets more oomph, the Manhart way

When you think about Manhart Performance, the first thing that pops up in your head is either a tweaked Audi, BMW, Mercedes, or Porsche. However, the company also does its magic on Lambos, Bentleys, and, well, Minis. Their latest work takes the already nippy Mini John Cooper Works GP to new heights in style.

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This Mini Cooper Shares a Mind-Blowing Detail With the Bugatti Veyron

This Mini Cooper Shares a Mind-Blowing Detail With the Bugatti Veyron

No, it’s not the engine, but you’re getting close

As you all know, the first Mini Coopers weren’t built with performance in mind. These cars had to be compact, offer decent storage options, and first and foremost, refrain from blowing a hole in the buyer’s budget.

At some point in time, BMW took over and the Mini got fatter, even more fun to drive, and nicer on the inside. Heck, some Minis even received feistier versions badged John Cooper Works. But not even those can compare to the sheer madness that hides inside this little rocket tuned by California-based Gildred Racing.

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The MINI John Cooper Works GP Is Every Bit as Wild as We Thought It Would Be

The MINI John Cooper Works GP Is Every Bit as Wild as We Thought It Would Be

It’s the fastest and most powerful production MINI...ever!

MINI is in attendance at the 2019 Los Angeles with the 2020 John Cooper Works, the fastest and most powerful production MINI ever created. The souped-up version of the MINI John Cooper Works was built with performance in mind, delivering the kind of power and ferocity never before seen in a production MINI. The hot hatch also benefits from important aerodynamic upgrades, but it’s the introduction of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine — the most powerful engine ever fitted in a production MINI — that sets the 2020 John Cooper Works GP apart. Only 3,000 units of the 2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP will be built with each unit priced from $44,900. Deliveries of the 2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP begin in March 2020.

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2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP

2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP

The fastest Mini ever is just around the corner with maxi performance

Mini is a company that should be taken seriously when it sets about building a performance car. That’s why we stood up and listened when, late last year, we heard that the Mini Cooper JCW GP was coming back in 2020 after what will be a seven-year hiatus. Now, we’re seeing the first spy shots and, as you’d expect, it’s the Cooper JCW dialed up to 11 with some cues ported straight from the devilishly cool 2017 Cooper Works GP Concept. We want it now, together with its +300 horsepower!

Traditionally, the GP version of the Cooper Works is the ultimate performance model. In the past, John Cooper Works, which is long for JCW, built two GP models based on the previous two generations of the Mini. Of the last GP, which bowed out in 2014, only 2,000 examples exist, and just 500 were sold in the U.S., so expect the new model to also be a rare bird. Talking about birds, the GP will once again mark the swansong of the third-generation Mini Hatch with a new one coming soon.

Update 04/08/2019: We’ve managed to catch the 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP doing some last minute spring testing prior to its debut. Check out our latest spy shots and what we know in the spy shots section below.

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2019 Mini Cooper Lineup Unveiled

2019 Mini Cooper Lineup Unveiled

Adding extra fun to the formula

Mini just revealed its refreshed Cooper lineup, giving us an early look at what’s in store before the pint-sized auto hits the show floor in Detroit later this month. The update encompasses no less than three body styles, including the Mini Hardtop 2 Door, the Mini Hardtop 4 Door, and the Mini Convertible, and adds tweaked exterior styling, more tech in the cabin, more standard features, and more customization options as well.

At either end, you may notice the Mini gets small updates to the headlight and taillight designs. This is especially noticeable in the rear, where the brake lights gain a Union Jack design for extra U.K. points. There are LEDs for illumination purposes, while the headlights get LEDs as an available option. You’ll also find LEDs for the daytime running lights and turn signals. Piano Black exterior trim can be had as an option for the headlight surrounds, taillight surrounds, and grille surround, while the body panels gain new paint options like Emerald Grey metallic, Starlight Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic. New alloy wheel designs can be found in the corners, with sizing up to 17 inches offered across the range of body styles. Mini also updated its logo throughout.

Open the door, and you’ll be greeted with a Mini logo splash projection from the underside of the side-view mirrors. The funky dash incorporates a 6.5-inch screen, with the possibility to throw in a 8.8-inch screen if desired. On the tech front, USB and Bluetooth are both standard appointment, while options include a touchscreen and navigation. There’s also wireless charging for your smartphone via the center armrest, and more services offered through Mini Connect as well.

Look for our full updated reviews after the 2019 Mini Cooper lineup struts its stuff at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show later this month.

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