Posted Feb 14th 2013 5:30PM
The 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP is a limited production hatchback that promises many smiles from within. Trust us, it even promises smiles as you approach its tidy exterior; bestowed with a front and rear wing it simply screams: "drive me."
The new Mini JCW GP is the fastest Mini ever built. It is so quick, in fact, that it's lapped the Nurburgring in a staggering 8 minutes, 23 seconds - that's a full 19 seconds faster than the GP it replaces. That sizzling lap time means the Mini GP is also quicker 'round the 'Ring than a Lotus Exige or 550 horsepower BMW X6M.
The Mini GP is powered by a 1.6L twin-scroll turbocharged engine with an output of 211 horspower and 192 ft-lb of torque (207 lb-ft with temporary overboost). Its advanced wind-tunnel tuned aero contributes greatly to its incredible pace around demanding racetracks. Its light weight also plays a role in allowing this GP to scurry around corners with fury - the Mini GP has an uber-light curb weight of only 1,185 kg (2,612 lbs).
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Additional GP performance modifications include Brembo brakes, fully adjustable sport suspension and Recaro Sport Seats to hold you firmly in place for the ride. Terminal velocity is set at a max speed of 242 km/h.
The Mini GP will make it from a standstill to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. And how much fuel will it suck in the process? Well, a lot, probably - but drive with a discerning, conservative foot and the Mini GP will achieve fuel efficiency figures of 6.3 L/100 km highway, 8.1 L/100 km city.
Expect the Mini GP to arrive in dealerships in the next two weeks with a sticker price of $44,900 Canadian dollars.