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Mini John Coop­erWorks GP

This is the

world’s fastest ever pro­duc­tion Mini, and ex­actly as that no­tion sug­gests, it’s ap­pro­pri­ately men­tal. Step into this strut­braced steroidal lu­natic, and it’s im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent how fo­cused the Mini John Cooper Works GP is. It only comes in one spec, with a six-speed man­ual gear­box, no rear seats, spe­cial light­weight wheels, and ex­clu­sive paint and graph­ics. Its al­most com­plete lack of lux­ury equip­ment means it’s sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than a reg­u­lar John Coop­erWorks model, and the 218bhp af­forded by the tur­bocharged 1.6-litre four-pot makes it loonier as well. Zero to 100kph takes 6.3 sec­onds, but its trump card is in its crisp turn-in and com­posed han­dling. Sel­dom be­fore has the ‘go-kart­like han­dling’ cliché been more ap­pro­pri­ate.

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