All sources are indicating that it's fast, very fast.
As you can probably tell by now, BMW has been busy in the past few days revealing a few new models. Besides from the 3 Series Sport Wagon and the new M135i, their Mini division also has something of its own to proudly display. We've known for some time that Mini has been working on an even more powerful version of the John Cooper Works (JCW) hardtop. Called the GP, the last time Mini launched this edition was back in 2006, just before the first generation Mini was about to be replaced.
Now that the third generation is less than a year away from its official debut, Mini is once again sending their existing model out in style. Set to have its live debut at the Mini United Festival in France this weekend, sources have indicated that the small car has produced a wicked fast Nurburgring time of 8 minutes, 23 seconds. Mini hasn't released official pricing or power and performance figures just yet, but with a time like that, this JCW GP is the fastest production Mini to date. Like the previous JCW GP from 2006, the new one doesn't come with a backseat in order to cut down on weight and receives several power and suspension improvements.
There are also unique brakes, numerous aero tweaks, special wheels and other markings to further separate it from the standard JCW model. Only 2,000 units are scheduled to be built, but we don't know exactly how many will arrive stateside. We'll have more details as soon as they come in.