The JCW GP is about as subtle as a pack of hungry hyenas. Its extreme body kit will either be something you love or hate, but if any car could pull off that wacky double-contour spoiler on the back and those wide wheel arch trim pieces in carbon fiber, it's a Mini. Interestingly, those arches are made from recycled materials from the production of BMW's i3 and i8. The contrasting paintwork is unique to the GP and, combined with the central exhaust outlets and the 18-inch lightweight forged wheels, it's a spicy looking thing. The darkened Union Jack pattern in the rear light clusters is a neat piece of attention to detail.
Mini hasn't announced specific dimensions for the GP; instead, it has supplied a range of figures for all three-door models. What's for certain is that the GP shares the same 98.2-inch wheelbase as the standard JCW models and, therefore, a similarly small footprint. The height is likely to be a little taller than the 55.7 inches of the standard JCW by virtue of that overt rear spoiler, this despite a 0.4-inch lower ride height. With those wider arches, the GP is likely to be the widest three-door Mini without taking into account the mirrors, spanning broader than the 68-inch body width of the lesser JCW. This is needed to accommodate a widened track, from 58.5 inches front and rear to 59.9 inches up front and 59.4 at the rear end. In terms of length, the regular JCW measures 152.5 inches, but we expect the bespoke bodywork of the GP to extend that figure slightly.
With a curb weight of 2,855 pounds, the GP is 77 lbs lighter than the JCW Hardtop and 262 lbs lighter than a Honda Civic Type R.
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||18" x 8"|
|Rear Wheel Size||18" x 8"|
Mini doesn't give you a choice of colors, but this isn't a big surprise considering that the John Cooper Works GP is limited to just 3,000 examples. Racing Grey metallic is the primary exterior color, and it's contrasted with Melting Silver metallic for the roof and mirror caps. A third color, Chilli Red, is found on the radiator grille and the inside of the roof spoiler, while Rosso Red metallic matt paint is used for the GP logos and other select trim pieces found on the exterior.