BMW will reveal an ultra-high-performance MINI concept this month — and it looks awesome – Markets Insider


MINI JCW GPMINI

BMW-owned MINI is well-known for its adorable, design-centric
cars. But the automaker is also serious about performance and is
no stranger to the track. We’ve
sampled some of their hotter rides
here at Business Insider,
and we’ve been both impressed and terrified (in a good way).

MINI knows how to turn the performance volume up to 11, and
that’s where the John Cooper Works GP concept comes in. 

This wildest MINI will be rolled out at the Frankfurt Motor Show
next week. It continues a tradition for MINI of developing
GP-grade cars, which the company says are “[i]nspired by the
carmaker’s legendary
triumphs in the Monte Carlo Rally” in 1967.


MINI JCW GPMINI

There’s no guarantee that MINI will build this concept, but the
GP treatment has been given to previous cars. The 2012 MINI John
Cooper Works GP and 2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP
Kit pushed the envelope on thrills in their respective eras, MINI
explained in a statement. Only 2,000 examples of these
vehicles were produced.

“If you know about MINI, you’ll be aware of the brand’s long and
successful history in motor sports,” Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior
Vice President of BMW Group Design, said in a statement.

“The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept brings together the full
suite of defining MINI design features and showcases them at
their sportiest and most exciting.”


MINI JCW GPMINI

The JCW GP concept is aggressive on the outside, but on the
inside it’s basically a race car: tubular roll cage,
fire-suppression system, racing seats with multi-point
belts. 

MINIs are interesting in that the “cute” platform lends itself
surprisingly well to over-the-top design modifications. The JCW
GP takes this capability to a wild conclusion. The car’s wide
track, aerodynamic elements, bold scoops, and prominent rear
spoiler press the point home, dramatically.

“The MINI John Cooper Works GP concept is all about the
unfettered feeling of driving and levels of performance found in
motor sport competition,” Peter Schwarzenbauer, the BMW board
member who oversees MINI said in a statement. “This is
driving fun in its purest form.”

MINI didn’t provide details on the powerplant, but the JCW we
sampled came with a 228-horsepower turbocharged
four-cylinder engine under the hood, yoked to a snappy 6-speed
manual. If concept becomes reality for this GP, expect something
along those lines, and a price tag north of $40,000.


MINI JCW GPMINI

 

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