► First teasers of new Mini GP
► Power comes from 296bhp turbo four
► Confirmed for 2020 production
These secretive teasers are our first look at the 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP – the fastest, raciest, angriest, hardcoriest Mini in the range.
The production car will naturally take on plenty of design inspiration from the GP Concept first shown at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, including a fat wing and gurning front splitter. Sadly the roof scoop from the concept doesn’t seem to have carried across from the wild concept - as seen in some conveniently-timed spyshots (below) - but the rest can be made out.
As for the powertrain, Mini says this version of the GP will be the fastest car it’s ever produced, partly due to a turbocharged four-cylinder cranking out more than 296bhp - enough to take on a VW Golf R.
Few other performance specs are known yet, but we suspect the camo’d prototype seen on a trailer is off to a test track for what Mini calls its ‘crucial phase’ of testing. Weight-saving techniques, bone-shakingly hard suspension and wild alloys are a given, too.
Mini says 3000 will be made – that’s a thousand more than the GP II back in 2012 and 2500 more than the ‘original’ GP in 2006.
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