Posted Sep 5th 2012 11:00AM
Mini officially unveiled the John Cooper Works GP back in March but it has yet to release any official specs or details about its limited-production hot hatch. Fortunately, the folks over at MotoringFile.com have apparently stumbled upon some leaked spec sheets for the European version of the car. (Official U.S. and Canadian specs/features are reportedly set to be released later this month).
We already knew the John Cooper Works GP is going to be 19 seconds faster around the Nürburgring than the 2006 Mini GP, but what we didn't know is how exactly Mini shaved that much time from the car. According to the article, the new Mini GP will produce 218 horsepower and up to 206 pound-feet of torque (using the overboost feature). Weighing about 45 kg (100 pounds) less than a 2012 Mini Cooper JCW, the new Mini GP can run 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph (241 km/h).
As we all know, getting 'round the 'Ring takes more than just speed and the Mini GP has been upgraded with a better suspension and brake system. It is reported this car will get a set of fully adjustable coilovers with an aggressive negative-camber front and rear setup to go with specially designed Kumho sport tires. For improved braking, the Mini GP upgrades to six-piston front calipers. Even the aerodynamics of the Mini GP have been optimized including a shield beneath the engine, a rear diffuser and a rear spoiler.
The new JCW GP will be limited to just 2,000 units total, it isn't clear how many will be earmarked for U.S. and Canadian buyers as of yet. All of the new Mini John Cooper Works GP cars will be two-seaters, painted in Thunder Grey Metallic and equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Click the mini button to see a vid of the last gen JCW.