Mini has come out with the all-new GP inspired John Cooper Work’s edition. This version gives a more track-focused look. Mini cars are known to give the Go-Kart feel and the new GP version even furthers this experience. Only 15 units of the same will be made available which will make it one of the most exclusive cars available to buy. It is offered as a CBU unit which will keep the prices of the hot hatch high.
It has been launched at an ex-showroom price of Rs 46,90,000. The closest competitor in terms of driving dynamics will be the BMW 330i, now that the VW GTI is no longer on sale. It is available with a single paint shade dubbed Racing Grey Metallic with a contrasting Silver metallic roof, mirror caps and a rear spoiler. The wheels also carry the GP look. They are 18-inch John Cooper Works Cup Spoke 2-tone Alloys with GP badged wheel hub caps. There are piano black inserts on the exterior surrounds as well as the lights, door handles, fuel filler cap, front grille surround and the MINI Emblem. Also adding some drama are carbon fibre inserts on the outside.
The Mini GP Edition carries the racing theme on the inside as well. The seats get “Dinamica” finish with special GP badging. This logo can also be seen on the floor mats which also gets red stitching. Lastly, steering wheel is crafted in a special leather with red contrast stitching.
Mechanically, there are no changes and the Cooper GP continues to get the 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder turbo with 231 bhp and 320 Nm of torque. This coupled with the 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission and the light body allows the Mini to achieve a 0-100 time of 6.1 seconds. It also gets a limited-slip differential that improves handling. You get different driving modes and driver assistance systems including park distance control and rear-view camera.
Rest of the interior is typical Mini with quirky yet high-quality bits like the iconic 6.5-inch touchscreen surrounded by an LED ring. You get features such as Apple CarPlay, navigation, Harman Kardon Hi-Fi Audio system with 12 speakers and a panoramic sunroof as well. Safety wise, the Cooper GP offers Front and Passenger Airbags, Brake Assist, 3-Point Seat Belts, Dynamic Stability Control, Crash Sensor, Anti-lock Braking System, Cornering Brake Control and Run-flat Indicator.
The GP Edition carries on the technology of the earlier car. This includes an auto start/stop function, brake energy recuperation, shift point display and electromechanical power steering. It also gets ambient lighting and the MINI logo is projected on the ground once you open the driver’s side door.
The JCW GP Inspired edition is yet another attempt by Mini to keep the Cooper fresh, but with only 15 models on sale, you will be part of an exclusive group. Hurry up though.