A new limited-edition Mini model is joining the lineup, and the automaker calls it the "sportiest road-registered Mini ever made." The Mini John Cooper Works GP is a sport-tuned, race-inspired version of the 2-door hatchback. It builds off the Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit that was available in 2006.
The new version is faster, beating the old model's lap time on Nurburgring's Grand Prix course by about 19 seconds, Mini says. No word yet on horsepower figures for the GP model, but the previous generation made 214 hp. The fastest Mini currently available is the high-performance John Cooper Works model, which wrings 208 hp from its turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder.
The car will be hard to miss — it's decked out in GP badging, racing stripes and specifically designed wheels and racing tires. Exterior additions include large front and rear aprons, unique side skirts and a rear spoiler and diffuser aimed at optimizing airflow. Inside, the rear seats have been removed.
Only 2,000 units will be made for sale in the U.S. and global markets, Mini says. Final performance and pricing details will be released closer to the GP’s on-sale date later this year.