It only really produces one car, so why does Mini have so many new model announcements?
The reason, of course, is they’ve come up with a whole pile of variations on the classic Mini formula, producing an SUV Countryman model, coupe Paceman, and the upcoming electric Mini.
The latest version to enter the fray is Mini’s high-performance GP John Cooper Works, which will be offered from £34,995.
Set to arrive on UK roads next year, just 3,000 examples of the hot hatch have been slated for production. The car has yet to be fully revealed – the picture above still has its camouflage development paint on it – but demand will surely be high.
Little has been confirmed about the car so far, but we do know it will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 302bhp. That puts it equal with the latest Mini Clubman John Cooper Works for the title of the British firm’s most powerful car ever.
As well as a potent engine, images revealed of the car’s test model have suggested major bodywork revisions have been carried out in order to make the most of its power. These include an aggressive bodykit with flared arches and a large rear wing – the latter of which is visible in a new teaser image of the car.
Other confirmed additions to the GP John Cooper Works include lightweight alloy wheels, large air intakes for improved cooling, and a bespoke suspension setup.
The two previous generations of the GP – produced in 2006 and 2013 respectively – also received performance-oriented enhancements such as the removal of rear seats, grippier tyres and uprated brakes. It’s likely similar improvements will be made to the new car.
Mini will reveal the GP John Cooper Works in full at the Los Angeles Auto Show, taking place from November 22 to December 1. Expect to hear more on order books opening and exact availability following its unveiling.