Our sources believe the new Mini JCW GP will produce at least 165kW of power from its uprated BMW-sourced 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, making it the most powerful car in the British marque’s line-up and pushing it towards the serious end of the hot-hatch scene.
The more powerful and lightweight model should also become the fastest Mini on the market, potentially racing from 0-100km/h in around 6.0 seconds.
As the images show, the high-performance variant will benefit from a number of enhancements to differentiate it from the JCW hatch, including a new front bumper and spoiler, gaping rear diffuser derived from the Challenge race car, lower suspension, and an extended spoiler over the rear windscreen.
The four-spoke matt black alloy wheels also mirror the design of those fitted to the 2006 Mini JCW GP.
Our sources tell us the Mini JCW GP will debut before the end of 2012. The old model was produced in a limited run of 2000 vehicles, and the new model is expected to be similarly exclusive.