Mike Stevens | Sep 6, 2012

MINI has revealed new details of its fastest-ever production model, the new John Cooper Works GP, bringing new levels of power and performance to the table.

Driven by a 160kW and 260Nm version of the Cooper's 1.6 litre turbocharged engine, the new JCW GP edges out the 156kW output of its GP predecessor.

A torque boost to 280Nm is available during acceleration and a six-speed manual transmission gets it all to the ground, driving through the front wheels.

In this configuration, the JCW GP can be roosted to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds. And in fifth gear, the GP will scoot from 80 to 120km/h in 5.9 seconds.

MINI says the new GP has lapped the famed Nurburgring in eight minutes and 23 seconds, making it some 19 seconds quicker than the earlier GP.

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Handling tweaks for the new JCW GP, recently spied testing alongside an upcoming Coupe version, include an adjustable sports suspension package, unique light alloy wheels (a hat-tip to the previous model), and upgraded brakes and tyres.

The braking package includes 330x25mm discs at the front and 280x10mm discs at the rear, while the wheels are wrapped in 215/40 R17 rubber.

The styling upgrades also include front and rear lips, a new roof spoiler and ducted side skirt, and a new rear diffuser unique to the GP edition.

 

Australia

Speaking with TMR, MINI Australia's Scott Croaker confirmed that "our hand is up" for an allocation of local models, but confirmation has yet to come through.

"We are expecting to get between 10-20 units which makes it a very limited edition for our market but wouldn’t see this until the start of next year," Mr Croaker said.

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