The 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP pushes the performance envelope for the Mini range with its 301-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged power plant. It’ll achieve a five-second 0-60 mph sprint and handle more effectively than ever thanks to a range of suspension tweaks. Power goes to the front wheels, and the only transmission choice is an eight-speed automatic. Visually, this is the most arresting Mini yet with its forged wheels, carbon wheel arch adornments, and a massive rear spoiler with a double-contour spoiler that Mini says aids aerodynamics. The cabin’s weight-saving measures include the deletion of the rear seats. A digital driver’s display and paddle shifters enhance the sporty demeanor of the hottest Mini yet.
Take a deep breath. The Mini John Cooper Works GP elevates the price for a two-door Mini hatch into an entirely new realm. It carries a base MSRP of $44,900, which is a whole $12,500 more than a base JCW. This price excludes tax, licensing, registration, and a destination/handling cost of $850. At close to $10,000 cheaper, the less exclusive but far more practical Honda Civic Type R suddenly looks like a bargain.
Few extras are available for the Mini John Cooper Works GP, and the various trims offered on less expensive Minis don't apply here, although buyers can opt for the Connected Navigation Plus Package. This includes navigation, telephony with wireless charging, and an alarm system. Mini hasn't yet announced any other extras for the GP besides an automatic climate control system.
As there is only one model to go for, the big decision is really whether the GP is worth the extra cash over the regular JCW. As a weekend toy and collector's item, there's no doubt that it is, but if you need your Mini for more than just this, the JCW may be a smarter choice. Options are few and far between, but we'd tick the box for the climate control system as the kind of speeds that the GP is capable of are bound to raise body temperatures.