It won't be long until we see the most powerful Mini hit the roads. After confirming its green light for production late last year, Mini has officially released new details (as well as teaser photos) of the 2020 John Cooper Works (JCW) GP.
Set to produce over 300 PS from a turbocharged TwinPower turbo engine, Mini claims that the new JCW GP will be the fastest, most performance-oriented Mini yet. Not only that, it will also be limited to only 3,000 examples, which will make it one of the most exclusive hot hatches from Mini as well.
Looking at the photos provided, it looks like the production model will remain faithful to the original design concept from 2017. It gets a massive rear wing up top that bears a 'GP' monicker on the side. Meanwhile, the centrally-mounted exhaust has been carried-over from the concept, albeit featuring a more conservative look. Finally, the high-performance hot hatch also gets a distinct set of black alloy with red accents.
Built and developed with a racing pedigree in mind, Mini mentioned that it will also be equipped with motor racing technology. While the company did not exactly go into specifics, Mini did say it will have 'sporting genes' along with an aerodynamic bodykit that will help in delivering more downforce. It will also be lighter than a typical JCW thanks to extensive use of lightweight materials.
“The fastest Mini in our brand history – which now goes back 60 years – is an expression of pure racing passion. We are well aware of the enormous fascination exercised by the Mini John Cooper Works GP, not just from the euphoric reactions to the concept vehicle but also from past experience: after all, every one of its predecessors was completely sold out even before the official market launch,” said Thomas Guiliani, vice president for Product & Launch Management at Mini.
The new Mini JCW GP is expected to make its official debut some time before the year ends or in 2020 itself.