The hardcore hatch featured in the first two generations of Mini under BMW ownership – and it's likely to do so again
Mark Tisshaw
2 January 2017

Mini is set to launch a hardcore John Cooper Works GP version of its current three-door hatchback.

A JCW GP has featured in the first two generations of the Mini under BMW ownership, and company boss Peter Schwarzenbauer has confirmed the model is 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 and I don’t see why it wouldn’t again in the future.”

The previous, 2013 JCW GP had a stripped-out cabin that replaced the rear seats with a thick strut brace, adjustable coil-over suspension, a significant boost in power and braking performance and a more hardcore chassis tune.

Expect a similar recipe for the new model, but it’s unlikely to be seen until closer to the end of the decade.

The JCW GP has always acted as a run-out model, and the current three-door hatch will be in production until at least 2020. 

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