Remember last year when Mini introduced the John Cooper Works (JCW) GP concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show? Well we have some good news for you. The British marque has announced that the JCW GP concept is headed for production and will be launched as a production model in 2020.
Not surprisingly, Mini did not reveal any details about the production model JCW GP aside from confirming its launch. Going back to the concept car however, we see that it wears a very aggressive body kit. For starters, there's a revised front bumper with larger air intakes coupled with a large splitter. The fenders have been widened to improve the vehicle width. At the back, there is a large spoiler coupled with a more aggressive rear bumper. Carbon fiber bits also help in shedding some weight off of the Mini JCW GP concept.
On the production model, it is likely Mini will be toning down the aero design of the JCW GP to make it more street legal. Under the hood, the automaker never really mentioned the powertrain of the JCW GP even in concept form. Going by the most powerful JCW models however, it will likely produce more than 230 PS from a turbocharged inline-four.
The GP model often signals the end of a product generation. This can be seen when Mini revealed special edition GP models back in 2006 and in 2012. That said, it is likely that a new Mini model could be making its debut soon after the launch of the 2020 JCW GP.
While we wait for the 2020 JCW GP, Mini has announced that they will be bringing a different John Cooper Works model to the Los Angeles Auto Show. Called the JCW Knights Edition (pictured above), it is based on a standard Mini JCW hardtop but features a unique black-silver-red color scheme. It also comes with a JCW exhaust and flap system as standard. Other special edition Minis will also be on display at LA Auto Show.