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for racetrack work. Other trackrelated changes include the stability and traction control, which has Sport and GP racing modes.
The latter adds the ability to brake the inside front wheel in corners to prevent wheelspin. The system loads up the outside wheel in corners to improve drive out of the corner, which will be a requirement given the engine outputs.
The 1.6-litre four-cylinder twin-scroll turbo direct injection powerplant has been wound up to 160kW and 260Nm (with 280Nm on overboost)— enough to claim a 6.3-second sprint to 100km/h, a 242km/h top speed and a lap time of 8 minutes, 23 seconds around the northern loop of the Nurburgring— 18 seconds quicker than the previous JCW machine.
The JCW GP also lays claim to EU fuel consumption of about 7.1L/100km.
Race-bred brakes will bring it to a head-bobbing halt— sixpiston calipers grip 330mm ventilated front and 280mm solid rear discs.
The features list will include xenon headlights, foglights, aircon, Recaro sports seats, a cargo bay guard to keep your luggage in place, as well as a JCW thickrimmed, leather-wrapped sports steering wheel and gear knob.
Also on the cards for Australia is the Mini Countryman JCW. This will