Automotive MINI John Cooper Works GP_2020

Published on July 1st, 2021 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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MINI John Cooper Works GP Enters The Used Market

With only 10 units available for sale at launch, here is the 11th and 12th Mini GP.

The 2019 MINI GP remains the fastest model of this German owned British brand that has ever been approved for road use. Its 306hp 4-cylinder turbocharged engine accelerates this hot hatch from rest to 100km/h in just 5.2 seconds.

Officially unveiled to the world in 2019 at the Los Angeles Auto Show and subsequently produced in a limited edition of 3,000 units at the MINI plant in Oxford. Delivery to racing enthusiasts around the globe started in March 2020. By August 2020 a limited number of just 10 units arrived in Malaysia and was launched by BMW Malaysia. Priced at RM377k, all 10 units were sold even before the reached the MINI showrooms nationwide. 

Good news for Malaysians who wanted to buy this MINI GP and could not get their order in for the initial 10 units. A private Approved Permit used car importer has just advertised two units ready for sale at the showroom in Klang Valley.

Priced at RM385k, negotiable, both units are 2020 cars. Yes, this is some RM8k more than the new selling price, but its negotiable and remember, this is a limited edition MINI.  

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Press Release: An intense, purist race feeling is conveyed by what is by far the most powerful engine ever to be used in a small car of the brand, suspension technology that is fine-tuned based on John Cooper Works’ comprehensive racing expertise and a body that is optimised in terms of lightweight construction, torsional stiffness and aerodynamics. The new MINI John Cooper Works GP offers unrivalled sporty flair and overwhelming agility. 

The exclusive character of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP, uncompromisingly geared towards extreme driving pleasure, is expressed in both its engine power and its performance characteristics. More clearly than ever before, its standing is at the very forefront of the MINI and John Cooper Works model range. Its additional output over and above that of the MINI John Cooper Works is 55 kW/75 hp. 

The new MINI John Cooper Works GP takes the experience of performance in a premium small car to a whole new level. In the course of test drives as part of the series development process, it completed a lap of the Nordschleife at Nürburgring in less than eight minutes – almost half a minute faster than its direct predecessor.

The new MINI John Cooper Works GP: an overview of the highlights.

  • 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology, 225 kW/306 hp and 450 Nm.
  • 55 kW/75 hp more output than the MINI John Cooper Works.
  • Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, top speed: 265 km/h (not cut off).
  • Model-specific oil supply and cooling concept geared towards maximum performance.
  • Model-specific sports exhaust system for emotionally powerful sound.
  • 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission with integrated mechanical differential lock for the front wheels.
  • Distinctive chassis design and set-up, suspension lowered by 10 mm as compared to the MINI John Cooper Works.
  • Particularly high-performance sports brake system.
  • Extremely rigid body structure, engine and suspension connection.
  • Model-specific front and rear aprons.
  • Roof spoiler with double-wing contour.
  • Powerfully flared carbon wheel arch covers.
  • Interior with two seats and model-specific cockpit.

Impressive source of power: 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology.

A 4-cylinder engine designed for maximum performance and based on motor racing expertise delivers the power required for the thrilling performance characteristics of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP.

The 2.0-litre engine features the latest generation of MINI TwinPower Turbo technology as well as numerous precisely modified details that set it apart from the engine of the MINI John Cooper Works. Model-specific modifications include a reinforced crankshaft with enlarged main bearing diameter, specific pistons, bushless connecting rods and a new torsional vibration damper with optimised cooling.

Spontaneous power delivery, unbridled forward thrust.

The extensive modifications to the basic engine and to the MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology result in a particularly spontaneous response to every movement of the accelerator pedal as well as continuous development of power up into the high engine speed range. 

The 4-cylinder engine develops its maximum torque of 450 Nm at a speed of 1 750 rpm, maintaining this torque up into the 4 500 rpm range. The maximum output of 225 kW/306 hp is available between 5 000 and 6 250 rpm.

The resulting pulling power can be used for exceptionally spirited acceleration manoeuvres. The new MINI John Cooper Works GP sprints from a standing start to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds. 

Thanks to the high elasticity of its engine, it is also capable of leaving higher-category sports cars behind on intermediate sprints. There is no artificial limit to the vehement forward thrust of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP – even at higher speeds. The top speed is 265 km/h.

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