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Caught: Mini Tests Next Cooper S JCW GP Near Nurburgring

A more potent version of Mini’s Cooper S John Cooper Works model may be on the way, as this photo from Motor Trend seems to show. With its large rear wing and other go-fast exterior pieces, this test mule could preview a successor to the previous-generation JCW GP.
Caught just outside the Nürburgring, the test mule bears a few obvious similarities to the JCW GP of 2007, including the fixed, roof-mounted rear wing and four-spoke alloy wheels. But other features, like the unique front bumper and lip spoiler, low ride height, and aggressive Mini Challenge race car-derived rear diffuser, suggest this is a more extreme Mini.
Power is rumored to be at least 220 hp, and lightweight construction could also be in the cards. Just as the original JCW GP was limited to 2000 units, this new model could be offered in similarly limited numbers. For specifics though, we’ll have to wait until the car’s debut, which could be right around the corner.
Head over to Motor Trend to see the full gallery of spy shots.
Source: Motor Trend

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2012 MINI Cooper

2012 MINI Cooper

MSRP $24,950 Base Convertible

EPA MPG:

29 City / 37 Hwy

Horse Power:

121 @ 6000

Torque:

114 @ 4250