During the 24 Hours of Nürburgring last weekend (22-23 June 2019), MINI presented a camouflaged pre-production prototype of the upcoming MINI John Cooper Works GP, together with its predecessors, the R53 JCW GP and the R56 JCW GP.
The most capable version of the Cooper S F56 generation will go on sale in 2020 however production will be limited to 3.000 units, like its predecessors. Under the bonnet, the four cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine will produce more than 300 hp (220 kw) combined with a more aggresive suspension setup and updated aerodynamics.
Speaking of aerodynamics, while the prototype was camouflaged with mnatte red and black graphics, we can easily spot the changes in the bodywork compared to the lesser models. The design of the most extreme MINI to date is defined by the redesigned fin-like wheelarches, the more agressive front and rear bumpers, the huge rear wing, twin exhaust pipes and four spoke rims. The end result looks promising, however we have to admit that it is toned down compared to the John Cooper Works GP Concept launched at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
In the press release, MINI states that even in the pre-production status, their new hot hatch is already more than 30″ quicker around the Green Hell compared to its predecesor, the R56 JCW GP which had a lap time of 8:23. That means we are going to have another front wheel drive hot hatch in production, lapping the Nürburgring below the 8 minute mark!
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).