Technology Wheels

Mini powers up its latest pocket-rocket, racy JCW GP satisfies our need for speed

Mini has unveiled an updated 2020 version of its ultra-purist, Grand Prix-inspired pocket-rocket, the John Cooper Works GP.

Limited to a run of just 3000, the 164mph/302bhp JCW GP (the fastest Mini ever!) is available in any colour you like, as long as it’s Racing Grey metallic, topped with a silver-finished roof and mirrors. To accent matters, natty high-gloss black replaces most of the bits you’d normally find coated in chrome on a regular Mini . 

Inside there’s much going on to delight the sense

Lightweight carbon-fibre wheel arch covers help optimise the power-to-weight ratio (hence 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds) while handily also looking exceedingly purposeful. The same material even finds its way into the hand-crafted fleece used inside, picked out in subtle black hexagon stitching. 

Those alloys? Only the lightest 18in forged wheels ever to adorn a Mini, no less, finished in a bi-colour arrangement and filling the aforementioned arches rather nicely, we think.

Limited to a run of just 3000, the JCW GP is available in any colour you like, as long as it’s Racing Grey metallic…

The John Cooper Works GP – catch one if you can

If there were any doubts as to the car’s sporting aspirations a glance at the monogrammed roof spoiler dispels them. That said, it’s a pleasingly subtle example of the breed and, in conjunction with the air diffusers and ducting surfaces in the front apron, helps keep the car nailed to the road when the revs rise. 

Step inside and there’s just as much going on to delight the senses. We particularly like the new free-standing digital instrument cluster on the steering column, designed to put all the relevant information in the driver’s field of vision when it’s most needed.

Love the monogrammed roof spoiler

Aluminium shift paddles, steering wheel clasp and the trim strips are all fabricated using 3D technology, with your car’s limited-edition production number etched into the latter (you’ll also find it carved into the front spats).

Strictly a two-seater (there’s no rear bench) TLR applauds the JCW GP’s street-racer vibe. From £35,345 on the road, it’s a definite podium finisher.

An experienced PR professional who’s represented some of the world’s best-known technology brands, Kulwinder began his career as a journalist and then editor, with stints on legendary British car magazines Supercar Classics and Fast Lane.

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