With 302bhp at its disposal, the 2020 MINI JCW GP is the fastest & most powerful MINI model to date.
The 2020 Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) GP made headlines in June 2019 for lapping the Nurburgring in under 8 minutes. In fact, it bettered the lap time of its 2013 predecessor (8:23 minutes) by nearly 30 seconds. Now though, the car has been unveiled at the ongoing 2019 LA Auto Show and the production model looks as bonkers as the prototype, to say the least.
Powering the 2020 MINI JCW GP is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo motor that pumps out a colossal 302bhp & 450Nm of torque. In this state of tune, it's the most powerful engine ever fitted to a production MINI model and is up on power by 74bhp (compared to the standard MINI JCW). This has been achieved thanks to reworked components like a larger air intake, free-flowing sports exhaust and a tweaked turbo. Since it's the most hardcore MINI ever, the 2020 JCW GP is not 'electronically restrained', meaning that it'll breach the 100km/h mark in 5.1 seconds (that's faster than the Honda Civic Type R's 5.7 seconds) to reach a top speed of 265km/h!
This kind of performance isn't easy to handle, especially in a front-wheel-drive car. To make sure the wheels are able to transmit the power effectively, the 2020 JCW GP gets an 8-Speed Steptronic transmission, with an integrated mechanical differential lock. The transmission works in tandem with the car's Dynamic Stability Control (with a dedicated GP mode).
As for the aerodynamic wizardry, the 2020 JCW GP features a double-wing contour rear spoiler, flared carbon wheel arches to widen the car's stance and of course, the aero-optimised front & rear bumpers. The car's body has also been further lowered by 10mm to increase stability. Even the engine bay & suspension have been strengthened further to cope with the additional stress.
MINI will build only 3,000 units of the 2020 JCW GP and deliveries are expected to start in March 2020.