New hottest version of the Mini hatchback was revealed as a concept earlier this year

A post on Mini's official Twitter feed has confirmed a 2020 launch date for the new John Cooper Works GP.

No further details or images have been revealed, but a concept shown at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed hinted at the design of the production model. 

Both the original and second-generation modern Minis offered a JCW GP model near the end of the mainstream models’ lifecycle, in 2006 and 2012 respectively. The new JCW GP will arrive shortly before the predicted launch of the new Mini hatchback

BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer said: “we are working on a new Mini John Cooper Works GP, which will be launched in 2020," but gave no details as to whether it will bear a resemblance to the concept.

The BMW-owned British brand said the concept is inspired by its triumphs at the Monte Carlo Rally in the 1960s, “embodying dynamic flair and the ultimate in driving fun”.

Schwarzenbauer has told Autocar previously that a JCW GP model was likely to appear again. “The John Cooper Works GP is an important part of the Mini brand,” he said. “It has worked well for us in the past.”

The 2018 concept featured extreme styling that is unlikely to be carried over in its entirety to a production model. There are large front and rear aprons, side skirts and a prominent roof spoiler. It also uses lightweight materials including carbonfibre, which Mini said optimises the power-to-weight ratio. No performance figures were provided, however.

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It sits on 19in alloy wheels, while the LED rear lights display half of the Union Jack in a nod to the car's British origin. A version of these lights is now standard on the regular Mini hatchback.

Inside, the concept has a rollcage and pair of low-mounted bucket seats. Gearshifts are commanded by paddles on the steering wheel.

The most recent JCW GP, launched in 2012, used a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 215bhp, a 7bhp increase over the standard JCW at that time. It hit 0-62mph in 6.3sec and cost £28,790.

The current standard JCW adopted a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit with 227bhp and also hits 0-62mph in 6.3sec, so expect improvement in both power and speed for the third-generation JCW GP.

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6 September 2017

Speechless and not in a good way

What are MINI doing ?

FMS

22 November 2018
Pistachio wrote:

Speechless and not in a good way

What are MINI doing ?

 

Your personal version of speechless, is to go on to talk and say nothing at all.

6 September 2017

It certainly is original I will give it that, but I think I will pass. I have never had the desire of having a stripped out mini with the love child of liberty Walk & mansory doing the exterior. I might have forgiven the exterior if it was rear engined like the Clio V6

6 September 2017

The fact that there are strong similarities here with the Electric Mini concept shown last week suggests to me that BMW might be bringing forward a pretty extensive redesign of the current car, which I think is universally felt to have been a step backwards.  I'm not exactly delighted with the styling of this concept either, but it is marginally better than the current bloated and gormless faced misnomer. 

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

6 September 2017
Bishop wrote:

The fact that there are strong similarities here with the Electric Mini concept shown last week suggests to me that BMW might be bringing forward a pretty extensive redesign of the current car, which I think is universally felt to have been a step backwards.  I'm not exactly delighted with the styling of this concept either, but it is marginally better than the current bloated and gormless faced misnomer. 

That seems to be the consensus. Perhaps with the fleg lights as an option.

They do seem to have forgotten though, in both concepts, to fit a rear numberplate surround. This may hamper type approval.

12 July 2018

Grotesque.

12 July 2018

whats "concept" about it, its just a modification to an existing design.  Their new EV version is more concept than this thing.  The Jag C-X75 was a concept.

12 July 2018

Mini seem to be getting further and further away from the original 60s mini design that is so appealing and well loved. This latest concept is grotesque.....I didn’t think I could see anything worse than the Countryman, but now I have. I’ll be sticking to my 2011 Mini convertible for a while yet I think. As to whether I will replace my current car it with a fourth Mini I’m not so sure....which is a shame. They’re great little cars to drive, but I just can’t feel the affection for the huge bulbous monstrosities that Mini have been building since 2014. 

12 July 2018

Mini seem to be getting further and further away from the original 60s mini design that is so appealing and well loved. This latest concept is grotesque.....I didn’t think I could see anything worse than the Countryman, but now I have. I’ll be sticking to my 2011 Mini convertible for a while yet I think. As to whether I will replace my current car it with a fourth Mini I’m not so sure....which is a shame. They’re great little cars to drive, but I just can’t feel the affection for the huge bulbous monstrosities that Mini have been building since 2014. 

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