The Mini John Cooper Works GP is Mini’s most hardcore performance model. Even though this car’s future is uncertain given the redesign of the Cooper hardtop for 2014, our colleagues at Motor Trend took the GP to the track to see what it can do.
The Mini John Cooper Works GP is based on the standard John Cooper Works Hardtop, but takes this hot hatch to a new level with a number of performance upgrades. These include a rear body brace that replaces the rear seats, a stiffer suspension, stickier tires, and an overboost feature for the 218-hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. It also brings some more visual flair, with upgrades like red seatbelts, red exterior accents, and special wheels. Only 2000 examples of this track-ready Mini were produced worldwide, with the North American production run of only 500 units making it even rarer in the U.S.
On the track, the Mini John Cooper Works backs up its performance credentials with an impressive run around the figure-eight track. In fact, the only front-wheel-drive car to ever beat the Mini’s lap time on Motor Trend’s figure-eight test is the Euro-only Volkswagen Scirocco R. Though our spy photographers caught the next-generation Mini John Cooper Works testing, it’s unknown whether another GP version will come along to better those performance times.
Check out the video below to see the 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP in action on the track.