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Old 02-20-2006, 03:11 PM   #1
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‘MINI GP’ at Geneva Motor Show

The MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works (JCW) GP Kit will make its first public viewing at the Geneva Motor Show. The fastest, most powerful production MINI ever will reach 62mph in under 6.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 146mph. The GP has a power output of 218bhp, a stunning 136bhp per litre, and a maximum torque of 245Nm.

Only 2000 of this special production model will be built and 444 are bound for the UK from July onwards. The guide price is £22,000 which includes £10,000 worth of additional equipment if specified on a standard MINI Cooper S. Almost three-quarters of the UK allocation have already been ordered by MINI enthusiasts six months ahead of launch.

In the interests of power to weight ratio, the car weighs approximately 40 kilos less than a standard MINI Cooper S. This has been achieved by modifications to the chassis and engineering tweaks. The longitudinal control arms on the rear axle are now made of aluminium and the sound-deadening material has been taken out.

The entire rear seat bench has been removed. In its place is a very neat flat loading area that can be folded up in a Z-arrangement for easy access to two additional storage boxes.

Standard equipment includes: limited slip differential, Dynamic Stability Control, Recaro sports seats in Panther Black leather, single CD, air-conditioning and a multi-function steering wheel. The car also features JCW sports brakes, JCW sports suspension and exclusive low-profile tyres and 18-inch light-alloy rims.

The special edition will only be available in exclusive metallic paintwork called Thunder Blue combined with a Pure Silver roof and Chili Red door mirrors.

A new aerodynamics package has been added that significantly improves the car’s drag coefficient and downforce on both front and rear axles, enhancing the driving experience at high speeds. New highlights are the front and rear air dams, the extra low side-sills, and the underfloor cover, as well as a wing-shaped rear spoiler.

The ‘MINI GP’ will join the existing JCW range of aftermarket and production option kits. The first engine tuning kit was launched in 2003 as an aftermarket option, and over 10,000 have been sold worldwide since that date. From the end of 2005, the kit became available as an Oxford production line fit and a new aftermarket version was launched for the MINI Cooper S with automatic transmission.
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Old 02-20-2006, 05:27 PM   #2
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I hope that bar can come out if needed.
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Old 02-20-2006, 05:29 PM   #3
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I want one.

They have the right idea, if I had a MINI i'd pull the rear seat out too
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Old 02-20-2006, 05:34 PM   #4
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More pics please!

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Old 02-21-2006, 11:28 AM   #5
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I hope that bar can come out if needed.
My thought too.. perfect car if it has a quick-release.
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Old 02-21-2006, 01:20 PM   #6
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More pics please!

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I found a gallery with some pretty good shots...... http://www.fast-autos.net/vehicles/M...oper_S_JCW_GP/
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Old 02-21-2006, 01:27 PM   #7
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They could've removed the rear ceiling handles to save even more weight... since there isn't a rear seat anymore, and all...
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Old 02-21-2006, 01:38 PM   #8
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nice.
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Old 02-21-2006, 01:40 PM   #9
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Meh.... I love Mini's and wanted to get my wife one. However there are something like only 75 dealerships, and all warranty work has to be done at a dealership. I'm not buying a new car then giving up on the free work, especially considering it's a BMW. But I don't want a 3000LB 220hp front wheel drive car for getting around town. I'd take the base model, without the back seat, no strut bar to interfere with actually using the rear.
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Old 02-21-2006, 02:32 PM   #10
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pretty interesting car, too bad it's FWD.
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Old 02-21-2006, 03:11 PM   #11
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i'd hit it.

er i mean i want one....
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Old 02-21-2006, 06:06 PM   #12
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Meh.... I love Mini's and wanted to get my wife one. However there are something like only 75 dealerships, and all warranty work has to be done at a dealership. I'm not buying a new car then giving up on the free work, especially considering it's a BMW. But I don't want a 3000LB 220hp front wheel drive car for getting around town. I'd take the base model, without the back seat, no strut bar to interfere with actually using the rear.
Where do you get 3000lbs? It's more like 2650lbs.

My fiancee's MCS makes my RS feel like an absolute pig. It also handles circles around my RS. It may be FWD, but it doesn't understeer nearly as bad as my AWD car with approx the same power. (I'm running a bigger RSB too... not that dinky 13mm stock one.)

We've had great experiences at MINI of Pittsburgh. Sure it is an hour drive, but they fixed a scratch I put on the bumper for $150 when all the local shops wanted $350! They are great about squeezing you in for maintainence as well. Subaru dealers could learn a lot about service from these folks. The mini dealer treated us like people instead of animals.

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Where do you get 3000lbs? It's more like 2650lbs.
Outta my butt...I just remembered thinking it was a lot for a 2 door sedan. Edmunds has it at 2700 lbs, but I don't think its extraordinary these days....so

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My fiancee's MCS makes my RS feel like an absolute pig. It also handles circles around my RS. It may be FWD, but it doesn't understeer nearly as bad as my AWD car with approx the same power. (I'm running a bigger RSB too... not that dinky 13mm stock one.)

We've had great experiences at MINI of Pittsburgh. Sure it is an hour drive, but they fixed a scratch I put on the bumper for $150 when all the local shops wanted $350! They are great about squeezing you in for maintainence as well. Subaru dealers could learn a lot about service from these folks. The mini dealer treated us like people instead of animals.

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Which is why we want one, but Chicago is 5 hours from us, and that's a long way for a tow. Plus they have free service for like the first 36k miles. not bad...
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Where do you get 3000lbs? It's more like 2650lbs.

My fiancee's MCS makes my RS feel like an absolute pig. It also handles circles around my RS. It may be FWD, but it doesn't understeer nearly as bad as my AWD car with approx the same power. (I'm running a bigger RSB too... not that dinky 13mm stock one.)

We've had great experiences at MINI of Pittsburgh. Sure it is an hour drive, but they fixed a scratch I put on the bumper for $150 when all the local shops wanted $350! They are great about squeezing you in for maintainence as well. Subaru dealers could learn a lot about service from these folks. The mini dealer treated us like people instead of animals.

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u my friend need kybs and sti springs and youll be good to go!

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u my friend need kybs and sti springs and youll be good to go!

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Ya, I test drove a MINI and even though it handles very well out of the box, my L handles better with AGX/SPT suspenison plus a couple of other things... I wasnt overly impressed, but I have yet to try a MINI with the optional handling/power package options like this car has
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Ya, I test drove a MINI and even though it handles very well out of the box, my L handles better with AGX/SPT suspenison plus a couple of other things... I wasnt overly impressed, but I have yet to try a MINI with the optional handling/power package options like this car has
It is just the fact that I have to dump an extra $700 into my car to get that handling. Why can't it come out of the box handling as good as a MINI?! The MINI isn't sprung to make the driver piss blood either. It is just smart suspension engineers compared to the jackasses that felt that a 13mm RSB on the 2.5RS was a great decision. I figure that a JCW suspension'ed MINI would match up very well against an RS on KYBs.

Essentially, I'm saying that off the shelf, the MINI S is a much more complete package than my RS could ever hope to be. Hell, they give you the choice between all seasons and summers when you build the car.

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I agree with Quentin. There's nothing quite like a low-number factory-built car that comes ready to play right out of the box.


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$38,418.11USD Vs.$19,000USD. You could buy two impreza's for the price of that mini. even spending $2k on suspension dosen't look so bad when you look at it that way.
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Essentially, I'm saying that off the shelf, the MINI S is a much more complete package than my RS could ever hope to be. Hell, they give you the choice between all seasons and summers when you build the car.
Considering it costs $5k more than an RS originally did, sure its a better package

I think the thing to always remember with non-STI subarus is they were/are designed for poor condition driving situations (IE snow, rain, dirt roads, etc.) and not just for sporty road driving. In that case, a $700 dealer optional suspension package, a $70 swaybar, and better tires after the stock ones wear out anyway isnt that big of a deal...
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I figure that a JCW suspension'ed MINI would match up very well against an RS on KYBs.
In SCCA SoloII rules, the JCWs have been classed straight into STX.. a class where moderately modded WRXs play, and where the 2.5RS isn't 'supposed' to do well (Steven Rankins aside ). Make no mistake about it.. the JCW is a fast FWD car.
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Old 02-23-2006, 09:48 AM   #21
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Still rather pricey though
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$38,418.11USD Vs.$19,000USD. You could buy two impreza's for the price of that mini. even spending $2k on suspension dosen't look so bad when you look at it that way.
You can't just convert pounds to dollars and get a real US market price.
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Considering it costs $5k more than an RS originally did, sure its a better package

I think the thing to always remember with non-STI subarus is they were/are designed for poor condition driving situations (IE snow, rain, dirt roads, etc.) and not just for sporty road driving. In that case, a $700 dealer optional suspension package, a $70 swaybar, and better tires after the stock ones wear out anyway isnt that big of a deal...
Where'd you find a $15k RS? Amanda's MCS started at $19.5k. With options (LSD, moonroof, bonnet stripes, foglights, driving lights, etc.) it came to $22.5k. IIRC, the RS was around $18k/$19k brand new.

Regardless, the RS and WRX still handle sloppy from the factory. I'm to the point in my life that I don't want to modify my car. I want to buy something and be happy with it. I'm not asking for a suspension that will have me pissing blood. I just want something relatively firm and flat around the corners. Why does Subaru force anyone performance minded to mod their car? (sans STI owners... those can be left stock)

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