If MINI Cooper models were Mexican food, the Cooper would be mild, the Cooper S would be spicy, and the Cooper S John Cooper Works (JCW) would be extra-spicy. The limited-edition MINI Cooper JCW GP would be “Diablo,” with a heat level that required the signing of a liability waiver before being served.
The original MINI Cooper JCW GP was a limited-production model offered at the end of the current MINI’s first generation, in 2006. Aimed at hardcore enthusiasts, the JCW GP boasted a rear seat delete, chassis bracing, reduced sound deadening, optional air conditioning, aero enhancements, bigger brakes, stiffer suspension and 214 horsepower.
Last May, MINI announced that a new version of the JCW GP was in the works for 2013, and proceeded to make some bold claims about the car’s capabilities. Billed as the fastest production MINI ever built, it would be capable of lapping the Nürburgring in 8:23, some 19 seconds quicker than the 2006 JCW GP.
The new version comes with an adjustable suspension developed specifically for the car, aero enhancements, chassis bracing and similar weight-saving tricks. It gets “race spec” brakes, summer-only extreme performance tires, deeply bolstered seats and a yet-to-be defined boost in horsepower. There’s special paint and graphics, too, which make the car visually distinctive even from a distance.
On paper at least, it sounds like the MINI JCW GP will be capable of filling your office with autocross trophies in no time at all. As with the first car, production will be limited, with only 2,000 cars planned for worldwide sales. We’re not sure how many will be coming to the U.S. yet, so if you want one of your own we’d advise putting money down at your local dealer ASAP.
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