The few Spy photos and teaser images of the early test vehicles show that the Mini has in production one of the most hardcore road cars to ever come from the company. Taking the name Mini John Cooper Works GP, it promises to be a great road car. This is because the name has over the years been synonymous with the company’s lightweight and most powerful prototypes.
Camouflaged models have always given a good indication of the look of the finished car. However, the latest spied images show a car with minimal disguise. This means we get a good look at the vehicle in all its hot hatch hardcore glory. Check out its insane wheel arches.
Apart from the unique wheel arches, the GP comes with a rear seat delete, larger brakes, a deeper front spoiler, a massive rear spoiler and larger wheels that will fill those immense flares.
Mini intends to put out only 3000 units of the road car that will produce 300 horsepower from a four-cylinder turbocharged engine. A fascinating fact is that specs of the BMW X2 M35i engine are very similar to the Mini John Cooper Works GP, as it produces 332lb-ft of torque and 302 hp from its eight-speed automatic gearbox. As such, it is highly likely that the GP uses the same engine.
Given that the Mini Cooper and the X2 are built to run on the same platform, it would not be surprising if they had the same drivetrain. What is still unclear is whether the Mini Cooper will come with manual transmission or if it will be an all-wheel or front wheel drive. The X2 as sold in the US only comes with automatic and xDrive, though manual has always been a mainstay of the Mini model. The Cooper Works GP is expected to be launched in 2019 though deliveries should begin in 2020 at the earliest.