Future Hot Hatch: Mini John Cooper Works GP

MINI officially announced that they will make a production version of the John Cooper Works GP Concept launched at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

When it is launched in 2020, the third generation of the limited edition JCW GP will be the most powerful MINI ever produced and if it keeps up with the styling of the prototype, it will also be the most exciting of them all!

The concept car launched last year had a heavily redesigned exterior with a lot of carbon fibre parts focused on aerodynamics and aesthetics.

The GP concept remains one of the most extreme looking hot hatchbacks ever made, featuring floating fenders, a huge front splitter, roof scoop, 19 inch Racetrack wheels, deep bumpers, side skirts, prominent roof spoiler, rear diffuser and centrally mounted exhaust tips.

It also featured a stripped down two seater interior with track inspired looks, including a roll cage, racing bucket seats, five-point seat-belts and fabric straps instead of door handles.

There is no official information about the power-train of the upcoming GP, but it is definitely going to produce more power than any other MINI, while receiving a more track-focused suspension, larger brakes, redesigned aero pack and various weight saving measures, following the tradition of its predecessors.

To freshen up your memory, check the previous generations of the limited edition GP. Both of them were produced in limited numbers of 2000 cars so we expect the new one to follow on the same road.

Currently, the most powerful and capable version of the car is the 2016 Cooper S F56 JCW Challenge, with a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine producing  170 kW/231 bhp of power and 320 Nm of torque, allowing an acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 6,1 seconds and a top speed of 246 km/h (153 mph).

If you liked this car, check out our list with the Top 10: Hot Hatch Concepts