BMW, the German luxury automaker has showcased the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The luxury car is expected to be seen on roads in 2019, while it is likely to go on sale by 2020. The JCW concept was first showcased by the brand at the Frankfurt motor show in 2017 and the concept is inspired by Mini victories at the Monte Carlo Rally, 50 years ago, “embodying dynamic flair and the ultimate in driving fun”.
However, while showcasing the concept at the Frankfurt motor show last year, MINI was not sure as it could “not confirm whether a series-production model of the GP will be launched in the future. This concept is a design study.”
Earlier, Peter Schwarzenbauer- Board Member of BMW AG and Head of MINI said, “The John Cooper Works GP is an important part of the Mini brand. It has worked well for us in the past and I don’t see why it wouldn’t again, in the future.”
Looking at the displayed unit, the new MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept features are unlikely to be carried over to a production model. The concept features large front and rear aprons, side skirts and a prominent roof spoiler and uses lightweight materials including carbon fibre, in order to optimize its power-to-weight ratio. However the exact figures have not been provided by the BMW owned carmaker as yet. Other features include 19-inch alloy wheels and the LED rear lights display half of the Union Jack, while the interior offers roll cage and pair of low-mounted bucket seats, as well as paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
Currently, the standard JCW gets a four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo-petrol that churns out 230 hp of maximum power and is capable of hitting 0-100 kmph in 6.3 secs. We are expecting better tuning in both power and speed for the third-generation JCW GP. However, the 2012 JCW uses a four-cylinder 1.6-litre turbo-petrol unit delivering 218 hp and hit 0-100 kmph in 6.3 secs. Let’s wait and watch what the MINI JCW GP production- spec will have to offer to its buyers in future.
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