Mini has dozens of models, but only one of its recent nameplates gets enthusiasts drooling: the John Cooper Works GP. If you missed out on the limited-edition model the first time around, don’t worry: Mini finally confirmed it will make another version, which will be named – get this – the John Cooper Works GP II.
The original Mini GP was a stripped-out and tarted-up version of the 2006 Mini Cooper S, the swansong of the first-generation new Mini. The GP was based on the John Cooper Works Mini Cooper S, but Mini engineers retuned the engine for more power, stripped out the rear seats, and installed a more aggressive aerodynamic kit and performance-rated rolling stock. The result was 215 horsepower, improved handling, and a dramatic look. Mini only sold 2000 GPs worldwide, and only 500 of those were shipped to customers in the United States.
In the years since, the Mini Cooper S transitioned from a supercharged I-4 to a turbocharged one, and John Cooper Works kits have been added to every model and variant from the Roadster to the Countryman. There was little to no mention of a GP successor, until spies recently caught a high-performance Mini testing and predicted it would be the new limited edition model.
That prediction proved to be correct. Mini’s worldwide brand manager Dr. Kay Segler announced at the 2012 New York auto show that there will be a new hi-po, low-volume model, and it will be called the Mini GP II. The car will be unveiled next month at Mini United, a three-day owners festival that will also feature concerts by Martin Solveig and Iggy and the Stooges.
Details are scarce, but we expect that it will match or top the most powerful John Cooper Works Mini Cooper model – the Countryman — and make at least 211 horsepower. Mini fans should also expect the GP II to have an aggressive aero kit and wheels as before. The GP will probably be the current-generation Mini’s swansong, too: we expect the new Mini Cooper family to launch next year.
Source: Mini USA