MINI WILL FI­NALLY BUILD THE JOHN COOPER WORKS GP

The wild con­cept first shown off in 2017 is com­ing for 2020

Edmonton Sun - Autonet - - FRONT PAGE - Alex Reid Driv­ing.ca

Back in September 2017, Mini re­vealed a wild con­cept race car at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show called the John Cooper Works GP.

We’re now find­ing out the fun hot hatch con­cept is com­ing to re­al­ity.

Mini has con­firmed the JCW GP racer is go­ing into pro­duc­tion in 2020, though it didn’t tell us much more than that.

We can as­sume the real ver­sion will prob­a­bly add some more power. A nice bump over the 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque from the 2.0-litre turbo found in the cur­rent JCW would be fab­u­lous.

The wild styling might be toned down a lit­tle bit, but we hope not too much, as the con­cept de­buted some awe­some de­tails, such as car­bon-fi- bre add-ons and a giant rear wing.

The 19-inch rims will no doubt make it to pro­duc­tion, as will the red ac­cents. In­side the JCW GP, the rear seats have been thrown out, along with the door pan­els and the head­liner, to save weight.

Two other JCW spe­cials were built, one for 2006 and one for 2013. Both of them re­ceived only a lim­ited pro­duc­tion run of 2,000 cars, so we as­sume the new one might also see a short run. Pric­ing and per­for­mance will hope­fully be an­nounced soon.

Mini

Mini GP con­cept.

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