Mini is among the pioneers who shot down common myths relating to size and performance. The BMW-owned company, after its inception, continued to prove that one doesn’t need a sedan to have fun on the road.
Now, the company has decided to take its machine from the street to the track. Blessing us with a mean iteration of the Cooper, the model which was first showcased at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show as a concept car, will come to us as a 2020 model.
Back in 2017, the John Cooper Works GP wore an aggressive body kit that had an angrier front and rear fascia along with a large roof spoiler. The car is blessed with plenty of carbon fibre, helping it shave enough weight for that mythical lunge.
In the inside, it opts for a roll cage and lesser amenities along with steering-column-mounted paddle shifters. We, however, hoped that Mini would discuss the powertrain on the mini-beast but no word has been given by the company- yet. We expect the John Cooper Works GP’s engine to pack higher output figures as opposed to the current 228bhp in the most recent John Cooper Works models.
We could be looking at a turbocharged inline-four engine to feature the production model. It’s a known fact that the GP badge in Mini’s line-up traditionally denotes farewell. The last time, we saw it was in 2013 and it has only surfaced in nothing but a hardtop form.
Mini shared no additional details on the upcoming production version, but, like
last time, we can expect a track-ready suspension, improved brakes, sticky tires, increased power, and a higher price for a limited-edition car. In the meantime, we can only wait for the new iteration that is set to be debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show.
Apart from the John Cooper Works GP, three other special edition Minis will be shown in Los Angeles. The Countryman Yin Yang edition, Clubman Starlight edition, and JCW International Orange edition will all make their auto show debuts.