Today, Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new hot hatch is the third generation of the JCW GP pedigree, and it also happens to be the fastest production car to wear the Mini badge.
The 2.0-liter turbo-four puts out 302 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque – a good 74 hp more than the regular JCW hatchback.
This was accomplished by simply putting the JCW GP packs of the most powerful engine ever fitted to a production Mini. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged mill develops 302 horsepower (225 kilowatts) and 332 pound-feet (450 Newton-meters) of torque, the latter of which is available at a low 1,750 RPM. It’s a 74-hp (55 kW) increase over the standard JCW thanks to upgraded internals, a larger volume intake, free-flowing exhaust, and a tweaked turbocharger. As such, Mini also equips the GP with an upgraded oil and cooling system for the engine, so it might better cope with the rigors of being treated like a race car.
Car and Driver revealed says that, the design is bolder than anything else in this family, too. There’s a red stripe running along the doorsill on each side. The Mini badges, usually chrome and white, are solid black. The GP’s big rear wing is attention-grabbing but par for the course for a hot hatch. Much more unusual is the carbon-fiber-reinforced wheel arch trim, which juts out above each wheel. The driver’s front wheel is marked in the show models with a 2020 to match the model year, but in customer cars it will be marked with a number between one and 3000, according to the order in which the car was built.
The car is a track-focused version of the Mini Hardtop, and just 3,000 are destined to be built—for worldwide sale. The first examples will arrive at dealers in mid-2020 and pricing is confirmed to start at $45,750
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