Not long now until the new Mini John Cooper Works GP makes its world debut.
The John Cooper Works GP represents the lightest most hardcore version of the Mini Cooper. Minis are always fun to drive, but the John Cooper Works GP takes it to the next level with more power and less weight. We've been looking forward to the new third-generation model for a long time now, but the wait is nearly over.
Mini has announced the all-new John Cooper Works GP will make its world debut at the 2019 LA Auto Show on November 20. Put simply, the new model will be the fastest and most powerful road-going Mini ever made in the company's 60-year history with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 301 hp. This enabled the new John Cooper Works to lap the Nurburgring in less than eight minutes and 23 seconds faster than the last-generation model.
While the new John Cooper Works hasn't been unveiled yet, Mini has already confirmed the hot hatch will start at $44,900 excluding the $850 destination and handling fee. Spy shots have shown the new John Cooper Works will be even more aggressive than the previous model thanks to a new grille, deeper front splitter, wider fenders, larger wheels, and a huge rear wing, while bigger brakes and retuned suspension will make it more track-focused.
Joining the new John Cooper Works GP at the show will be the new electric Mini Cooper SE, which will make its North American debut. Starting at $29,900, Mini's first-ever EV is powered by an electric motor producing 181 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque and has an estimated driving range of 146 to 168 miles on the European WLTP test cycle. Disappointingly, the range is expected to be around 114 miles on the US EPA cycle.
"Automobility LA and the Los Angeles International Auto Show are the perfect venue to showcase the newest products in our lineup, which are the bookends of the brand focused on electric mobility and performance," said Michael Peyton, Vice President at Mini of the Americas. "The state of California and Los Angeles are key regions for our business and we expect these two vehicles in particular to be very popular with consumers who want fun, whether they're looking for electrification or high performance."
The new Mini Cooper SE will go on sale in early March 2020, while the Mini John Cooper Works GP is expected to arrive at US dealers in mid-2020.