New performance flagship is coming, but it's still a fair way from ready.
Mini has confirmed a new stripped out John Cooper Works GP is being developed, ahead of an on-sale date at some point in 2020.
Previewed by the John Cooper Works GP concept revealed in 2017, the car will follow in the footsteps of the 2006 JCW GP and 2012 JCW GP. Both those cars had just two seats, manual transmissions and roll cage, and both were built in very limited numbers.
Just 2000 of each generation was built, which would suggest we'll see – hmmm – around 2000 examples this time around as well.
There's no word on what will power the car as yet, but history would suggest it'll more grunt than the car on which it's based. At the moment, the top-spec JCW hatch makes 170kW and 320Nm from its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which is already more than you got in the last GP.
We also don't know whether the GP will be front-wheel drive, or whether Mini will lift the all-wheel drive system from its larger models. Given the GP and GP2 were defined by their lively front-drive handling, our money is on the company sticking with two-wheel drive.
Based on the concept pictured here, it should look pretty wild as well. Whether the flared guards, rear spoiler, diffuser and roof scoop will carry over to production remains to be seen, but you can count on Mini making the car stand out.
Stay tuned for more on the Mini Cooper JCW GP in the (long) lead-up to its launch.