This is now one of our most anticipated hot hatches.
Next year will mark a new era for Mini as this is when the humble hatchback is going all-electric. While we’re concerned that adding a heavy electric powertrain will dilute the driving experience, enthusiasts shouldn’t worry because the hardcore Mini Cooper Works GP is making a comeback.
The second-generation Mini John Cooper Works GP launched in 2012 and was the fastest production Mini ever made at the time, packing a 1.6-liter turbo four tweaked to deliver 214 hp, aggressive styling, and redesigned suspension. Production was limited to just 2,000 units, so a new extreme, track-focused Mini is long overdue. Thankfully, Mini has confirmed that a third John Cooper Works GP has been given the green light for production and will launch in 2020.
Details are scarce, but we expect it will share some cues from the wild John Cooper Works GP Concept shown at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, which had a ludicrously large rear wing, massive front scoops, and a stripped out interior. Time will tell if the production model will be toned down.
While there isn’t much to go on at this point, reports suggest the new Mini John Cooper Works GP will be powered by the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder from the John Cooper Works model tuned to deliver between 280 and 300 horsepower.
The new GP should also be significantly lighter, so the back seats will probably be removed again to improve performance. Previous spy shots have shown a test mule sporting massive tailpipes, an aggressive rear spoiler, and beefier brakes. If it’s as good as its predecessor, the new GP could be one of the most promising hot hatches on the horizon and could fill the void left by the discontinued Ford Fiesta ST in America.