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Old 11-04-2019, 06:47 AM   #1
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Mini has announced that its upcoming John Cooper Works GP hot hatch will be priced from £34,995, and that it will be revealed at the Los Angeles motor show later this month.



The brand has also revealed that a development prototype has set a Nürburgring lap time of less than eight minutes, suggesting it could be capable of beating the Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R's 7min 40.1sec lap time, set earlier this year.

A camouflaged JCW GP prototype appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, giving British Mini fans a first taste of the 302bhp hot hatch following its disguised public debut at the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

Development cars wrapped in camouflage took to the 'Ring before the start of the famous endurance race to preview the brand's most powerful and fastest production model yet, which is due to go on sale in 2020.

Mini used the event to confirm the car would see a limited production run, with just 3000 models produced worldwide - some 1000 cars more than either its immediate predecessor or the 2006 Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP kit.

The British firm previously revealed that the hot hatchback will take its power from a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, likely to be shared with the new BMW M135i hot hatch.

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The JCW GP will retain the extreme rear wing design, aggressive bodykit and bespoke wheels seen in the 2017 GP Concept. Preview images released by Mini showed a close-up of the rear diffuser, apparently previewing a design that's revised from the original concept, and four-spoke alloy wheels that aren’t as motorsport-inspired as the centre-locking 19in wheels used on the concept.

The four-cylinder turbocharged engine will make the GP the fastest and most powerful road-going Mini ever built by the company. No performance figures have been confirmed.

The 2017 concept’s large front and rear aprons are unlikely to be carried over in their entirety to the production model, although its LED rear lights that display half of the Union Jack in a nod to the car’s British origin have since become standard on the regular Mini hatchback.

The prominent use of lightweight materials including carbonfibre, which Mini said optimised the car’s power-to-weight ratio, may yet make it into the final car.

Inside, the concept had a roll-cage and pair of low-mounted bucket seats, with gearshifts controlled by paddles on the steering wheel. Mini has yet to reveal if the production version will follow suit.

The BMW-owned British brand said the concept is inspired by its triumphs at the Monte Carlo Rally in the 1960s, “embodying dynamic flair and the ultimate in driving fun”.

BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer previously told Autocar that a JCW GP model was likely to appear again. “The John Cooper Works GP is an important part of the Mini brand,” he said. “It has worked well for us in the past.”

Both the original and second-generation modern Minis offered a JCW GP model near the end of the mainstream models’ life cycle, in 2006 and 2012 respectively. The new JCW GP will arrive shortly before the predicted launch of the new Mini hatchback.

The most recent JCW GP, launched in 2012, used a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 215bhp, a 7bhp increase over the standard JCW at that time. It hit 0-62mph in 6.3sec and cost £28,790.

The current standard JCW adopted a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit with 227bhp and also hits 0-62mph in 6.3sec, so you can expect an increase in speed for the third-generation JCW GP.







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Old 11-04-2019, 11:59 AM   #2
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My old MCS was a blast, but the JCW's were always way too expensive given what you get. If they're serious about providing a JCW with 300 hp, maybe they'll start to compete in the price-range that they charge.

Those fenders are weird.
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Old 11-04-2019, 05:37 PM   #3
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That's a cheap way to do a wide body kit ...
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Old 11-04-2019, 10:53 PM   #4
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Reminds me of the old A45 AMG.
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Old 04-18-2020, 09:58 AM   #5
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0-60 just over 5 seconds, a little slower than JCW, but in video, claims will do the Nurburgring in under 8 seconds minutes. Starts at $45k or so. Still FWD, AT only. Mechanical diff.


Looks like a fun plaything. Mini USA taking $1k deposits...

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Old 04-18-2020, 10:32 AM   #6
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claims will do the Nurburgring in under 8 seconds...
I call bull****...

I had an 04 MCS with the sports package and a manual, that little car was more fun than any other car I’ve owned since. I got a lot of flack from my knuckle dragging buddies for driving a Mini. Hah. They had no clue.
I just rented a 330i to cross a few states in and for only having 255hp that thing MOVED! And I found it quite playful. I can’t imagine a mini with 300hp. Sounds good to me!
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Old 04-18-2020, 11:24 AM   #7
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https://www.autoblog.com/2019/06/28/...ime-dashboard/

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the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R at 7:40.1. That's over 16 seconds faster. It also edged out the Honda Civic Type R's old record of 7:43.8. Even the third-fastest front-driver, the VW GTI Clubsport, did a lap in 7:47.19.
Still, fast for a MINI.

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Still, fast for a MINI.

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Still, fast for a MINI.

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That Renault was such a ringer. The CTR is a pretty tricked out econobox, but the Renault was something all together different.
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I had a MCS years ago. It was absolutely a fun car to drive. Really enjoyed it.

But for more than the price of a golf R, the outright performance out of this hatch is lacking.
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Under 8 second lap time is pretty darn fast. Almost Britney Spears fast!
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Still FWD, AT only. Mechanical diff.

Vomit.

I look at this deal and can only see something better, the GR4.
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Under 8 second lap time is pretty darn fast. Almost Britney Spears fast!
DOH!

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Vomit.

I look at this deal and can only see something better, the GR4.

But can the Yaris GR-4 lap the Nurburgring faster? Why won't Toyota post 'Ring lap times!?



Amen. The CTR could go faster still, but wouldn't want one compared to the Y GR-4.
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That Renault was such a ringer. The CTR is a pretty tricked out econobox, but the Renault was something all together different.
I just remember that Top Gear episode where Clarkson was pushing on the rear windows of the Megane and they flexed like plexiglas.

Ringer, indeed.
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Heyo! The want is real. *edit* for the concept car.

Production car looks neat.

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Fwd + At
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Being a hatch-guy I've always been a fan of MINI's.. well the classic and up to the R53 chassis which I had early 2000's. I no longer own one but I'd be very interested in getting one of these special ones in the future..had it came in MT.

That's the thing.. hatches doesn't need to be super fast, however they need to be very fun to drive quick. And by fun, it needs to be MT.
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Did some poking around. The Minis use Aisin transmissions, which I consider them 2nd fiddle to ZF. Appears to be the AWF8F35. Not bad, depending on calibration. Not sure if ZF even makes a transverse ZF8 similar version...

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But can the Yaris GR-4 lap the Nurburgring faster? Why won't Toyota post 'Ring lap times!?
The Nordschleife. The last thing I am concerned with on Earth. It’s right up there with comparison tests in the warm/dry only conditions.
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Did some poking around. The Minis use Aisin transmissions, which I consider them 2nd fiddle to ZF. Appears to be the AWF8F35. Not bad, depending on calibration. Not sure if ZF even makes a transverse ZF8 similar version...

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As an owner of a car with an Aisin with tuning as aggressive as Toyota corporate will allow; Agreed.

FWD+AT only though.. I don't care how fast it's ring time is or how well it handles, no thanks. Admittedly most of that is bias, due to how crappy & minimal the fun factor of FWD+AT is. Then there is the fact that I unintentionally light up the tires while accelerating on mildly moist pavement in a 140hp 6mt corolla hatch with 225s, I can only imagine how bad this thing is.

I'm sure under the right conditions it performs well (per the ring time) but no thanks.
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Then there is the fact that I unintentionally light up the tires while accelerating on mildly moist pavement in a 140hp 6mt corolla hatch with 225s, I can only imagine how bad this thing is.

I'm sure under the right conditions it performs well (per the ring time) but no thanks.
MINI's FWD platform is just a wee bit better than Toyota's FWD platforms. Don't knock it until you try it. There's a reason people put up with the 1st and 2nd gen MINI mechanical woes. They're incredible fun, rotate amazingly well, and are very approachable and controllable at the limit.
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MINI's FWD platform is just a wee bit better than Toyota's FWD platforms. Don't knock it until you try it. There's a reason people put up with the 1st and 2nd gen MINI mechanical woes. They're incredible fun, rotate amazingly well, and are very approachable and controllable at the limit.
I was more making a statement about high power FWD platforms, not making a "Corolla = Mini" argument. I have zero interest in a high horsepower FF, regardless of who makes it, and yes I've experienced most of them.
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Me too.. my old MK7 GTI was fast and hardly any torque steer, but wheel spin fever. So stupid.
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