2013 MINI Coupe JCW GP spy shots
Just two months ago, we brought you the first spy photos of the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe GP
in all its compact, be-helmeted, sporty glory. Now it may be canceled.
Why would MINI put the 215-ish-horsepower hotted up, trackday-ready Coupe GP on ice? That's not clear, aside from possible fears of stepping on the toes of the non-coupe JCW GP version
of the car, according to MotoringFile
In addition to more power, the GP versions of MINI's John Cooper Works range offer upgraded suspension components, aerodynamic improvements, a lightweight carbon fiber roof, and a host of race-inspired visuals.
The loss of the Coupe GP, should it prove true, is no major one--only a few hundred would have been sold in the U.S.--but it's one felt dearly by fans of the brand, and of high-performance versions of fun, compact, efficient cars in general.