2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP Priced at $39,950
According to Mini, the Nurburgring-tuned John Cooper Works GP model will accelerate to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 150 mph. It is equipped with a turbocharged, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine modified with an aluminum cylinder block, strengthened cylinder head, reinforced pistons, lightweight crankshafts, and sodium-filled exhaust valves. Horsepower measures 211 at 6,000 rpm while torque measures 192 lb.-ft. In Overboost mode, the engine can generate as much as 207 lb.-ft. of torque for short periods of time. A 6-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission offered.
The Mini John Cooper Works GP is equipped with a strut-tower brace and an adjustable coil-over sports suspension with inverted front shocks, increased front and rear camber, and increased front toe-in. A sports braking system includes 6-piston front and rear brake calipers, and ventilated front disc brakes. Track-intent 215/45 performance tires are wrapped around model-specific lightweight 17-inch aluminum wheels. The manufacturer also modifies the traction and stability control system, retaining the electronic differential lock control functionality but eliminating the engine power reduction when the driver places the system in GP racing mode.
In addition to hardware upgrades, the new John Cooper Works GP model is visually distinguished by an aerodynamic body kit and exclusive Thunder Grey paint with red trim and "GP" side stripes. The oversized front apron, specific side sills, rear diffuser panel, and rear spoiler contribute to a 90% reduction in lift at the car's rear wheels, and reduce aerodynamic drag by 6% overall, according to Mini.
Inside, Recaro sport seats, a thick-rimmed steering wheel, Piano Black cabin trim, darkened gauge dials, and an Anthracite headliner are standard. The JCW GP also loses its rear seats in favor of a red tubular rear body brace.
In 2006, Mini sold a limited-production Cooper S with a John Cooper Works GP Tuning Kit. Only 415 were imported to the United States. Compared to that model, the new 2013 Cooper JCW GP is slightly less powerful, but is a better handling car, shaving 18 seconds off the best Nurburgring North Loop lap session posted by the 2006 model.
The 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP can be ordered by calling Mini at 1-800-610-5269. Cars will start arriving in the United States in March 2013.
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