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.
— MINI (@MINI) November 16, 2018
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.