Exclusive: New Mini John Cooper Works GP Almost Sold Out

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This despite a price tag of nearly $45k.

Hoping to get your hands on a new Mini John Cooper Works GP? Then you'd better act fast, because it's almost sold out.

While BMW's retro marque hasn't revealed how many, exactly, of the new JCW GPs will be coming to America, spokesman Andrew Cutler confirmed to CarBuzz that "about three-quarters of our planned allotment have already been spoken for." Put another way, only a quarter of those units being allocated to the US market are still up for grabs. For reference, bear in mind that Mini is only making 3,000 of them in all for global consumption.

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Mini revealed the new John Cooper Works GP at the 2019 LA Auto Show in November and began accepting reservations right away. Pre-orders opened first for owners (past and present) of previous JCW GPs on November 18, then to all previous and current Mini owners on November 22, and to the general public on November 25. Placing a reservation requires a $1,000 deposit against the base purchase price of $44,900.

That's a whole lot of scratch for a Mini, considering that an entry-level Mini Cooper Hardtop (on which the new GP is based) starts at $23,400, and the standard JCW Hardtop carries a base price of $33,900.

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Fortunately Mini has packed a lot into that little hatchback to justify the price. Aside from its exclusivity, the new JCW GP features a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 306 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, channeled to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. (Mini's existing six-speed manual, we're told, wouldn't be able to handle that much muscle, and the prospect of engineering a more robust gearbox was ruled out.) The most powerful Mini to date also features an upgraded suspension, brakes, rolling stock, exhaust, aero kit, and interior - including only two seats to save weight and make room for a cross brace to increase rigidity.

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With all those upgrades, the new John Cooper Works GP will sprint to 62 mph in a claimed 5.2 seconds, top out at 165 mph, and lap the Nürburgring in under eight minutes - the benchmark for hot hatches of any size, and almost half a minute quicker than the last JCW GP.

Deliveries will commence on a global basis in March, with US units to begin arriving later in the spring.

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