The 2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP is without doubt one of the most fearsome scorching hatches to come back out of the UK in current reminiscence, and one instance lately landed in Abu Dhabi.
Mini intends on constructing simply 3,000 items of the John Cooper Works GP worldwide and only a few days in the past, a Mini enthusiast in the U.S. was chosen because the fortunate one who might purchase #0001. Being such a uncommon beast, you gained’t be seeing the brand new GP on public streets all that usually, significantly in the event you reside in Abu Dhabi, the place we think about only a handful are heading.
Powering the new hatch is a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder that produces 301 hp and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. This engine is coupled to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission with an built-in differential lock that drives the entrance wheels. MINI quotes a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 5.2 seconds, whereas prime velocity is capped at 165 mph (265 km/h).
After all, it’s not simply the engine that guarantees to make the GP an excellent performer. MINI’s designers went to city on the automotive’s exterior, designing a plethora of customized components that actually make it stand out. Amongst these components is a beefed-up entrance bumper in addition to distinctive entrance and rear fender flares. Nonetheless, essentially the most eye-catching side of the hatch’s styling is the towering rear wing that not solely makes the GP look not like some other John Cooper Works mannequin earlier than it, but in addition helps present some downforce so as to add to the automotive’s on-track prowess.