The lightest, meanest Mini has been priced for Australia. Mini says most of our allocation has been sold already.
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Mini has revealed the JCW GP will be priced from $63,900 before on-road costs when it arrives in Australia.

That's $12,500 more than a conventional two-door Mini JCW, and and a whopping $22,200 more than a Cooper S.

It's also more expensive than conventional hot hatches like the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R, although it manages to undercut the pared-back Renault Megane RS Trophy-R by $11,090.

Mini says a "small number" of the 3000 units being built are coming to Australia, and pre-orders mean most of our allocation is already spoken for.

Like its predecessors, the new JCW GP significantly more focused than the regular Mini line-up – the rear seats are gone, the body has been stiffened up, and there are bespoke mounts for the engine, transmission and suspension.

Power comes from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine outputting 225kW and 450Nm.

If those figures sound familiar, it's because the engine has been borrowed from the BMW X2 M35i – albeit with unique cooling systems designed to handle the sort of hard track work Mini expects GP owners to undertake.

In a significant departure from its predecessors, the new JCW GP will not be offered with a manual transmission. Instead, it's only available with an eight-speed automatic with paddles behind the steering wheel.

To keep all that power in check, there's a mechanical locking differential on the front axle. Mini says the car will hit 100km/h in just 5.2 seconds from standstill, and will do 265km/h flat out. That's without an electric limiter, for what it's worth.

Mini has also upped the visual drama with a wide bodykit made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). Rather than using a boring build plate to signify which of the 3000 cars you've bought, Mini will actually emblazon the build number on the GP's front wheel arch extensions.

Inside, there's less sound insulation than you get in a standard Mini JCW, while the instruments, steering wheel, seats, and gear selector trim are all unique. Mini has also fitted a 5.0-inch digital instrument binnacle adapted from that in the electric Cooper.

2020 Mini JCW GP pricing

  • JCW GP - $63,990

All prices exclude on-road costs.