Booster rocket

Australia’s in line for the fastest pro­duc­tion Mini to date

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per­for­mance fig­ures. How­ever, it prom­ises more power than the pre­vi­ous record holder’s 156kw (from a 1.6-litre turbo petrol en­gine). The GP’S re­port­edly high-revving twin­scroll turbo will also de­liver ‘‘ out­stand­ing torque’’, prob­a­bly via over­boost as is the case with cur­rent top Mi­nis.

Mini also says the car will have a spe­cially de­vel­oped ad­justable race sus­pen­sion sys­tem, aero­dy­namic aid from large nose and tail aprons, side skirts, unique roof spoiler and rear dif­fuser and, of course, race-spec brakes and cus­tom track tyres.

If you’re one of the lucky 2000 to nab one, for­get about tak­ing a bunch of mates for a spin— the rear seat has been ditched to save weight. BMW Australia has al­ready put its hand up to get 20 ex­am­ples— dou­ble what it nor­mally would have asked for, given the small pro­duc­tion run.

‘‘ We’re not an es­pe­cially big mar­ket and would nor­mally ex­pect to get about 10, but with the per­for­mance-lov­ing fo­cus of Australia we’ve asked for 20,’’ says spokesman Scott Croaker. ‘‘ We’re wait­ing for con­fir­ma­tion. If we do get them, it’s a car we won’t see un­til the start of next year, but we’ve been get­ting quite a bit of in­ter­est al­ready. It’s dif­fi­cult to an­swer on price un­til we work out the spec­i­fi­ca­tion. There are the GP fea­tures, but we need to de­ter­mine the spec­i­fi­ca­tion of other stan­dard fea­tures.

‘‘ We will fight for our re­quest of 20 cars — but I’msure other mar­kets are go­ing to be do­ing the same.’’

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