The Mini GP’s 165g/km CO2 rating allows it to dodge the ignominy of a £250 tax disc.

That’s little comfort, though, given that private buyers will be expected to find £29k to buy the car in the first place – a price that looks like brazen profiteering, frankly. Outstanding residuals are all well and good and, even at £29k, those residuals will ensure that demand for JCW GPs outstrips supply.

Retaining 50 percent of the car’s value over three years is excellent

But would the ownership prospects have been any worse if Mini had priced this car 10 or 15 percent more keenly – where it really belongs? We very much doubt it.

So what kind of standard equipment does nearly 30 grand buy on a Mini? Nothing too lavish – that wouldn’t be in the spirit of the car – but, strangely, there is the odd non-necessity.

Automatic air-con rather than dual-zone climate control, a DAB radio, bi-xenon headlamps and basic Bluetooth preparation are all in keeping. There’s no factory sat-nav or high-end audio – again, fair enough. 

There’s only one body colour, though, and it’s grey – which is not the most wanted hue for a go-faster hatch, we’d venture.

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