RE: Uncompromising new Mini JCW GP spied on track

RE: Uncompromising new Mini JCW GP spied on track

Thursday 11th April 2019

Uncompromising new Mini JCW GP spied on track

Latest spy shots confirm that Mini has taken no prisoners with extreme-looking 2020 model



Mini is developing its most potent and aerodynamically-influenced hot hatch yet – and, if the development car’s anything to go by, it’ll sport one of the largest fixed rear wings ever fitted to a production supermini. The 2020 JCW GP, seen here testing in Germany ahead of its reveal in late 2019, is on course to retain much of the addenda fitted to the concept that previewed it, suggesting Mini’s two-seat performance halo will produce lots of downforce to provide a more compact alternative to Renault Sport’s Megane Trophy-R.

To do that, it’ll also need plenty of extra power, so a boost of over 70hp on the current JCW variant is due for the back-seat-free GP. This would edge the peak output of its turbocharged 2.0-litre four beyond the 300hp mark, ranking it directly alongside the larger Trophy-R and giving the GP potential to shake up a real storm in the hot hatch segment. Could it topple the Civic Type R from its pedestal and set a new benchmark at the Nurburgring? There’s a good chance those two targets sit somewhere near the top of a white board within BMW’s Nordshleife base, where it's been testing the latest development car.


The first – and much adored – Mini GP from 2006 shed 50kg from the JCW’s kerbweight thanks to its lightweight wheels and stripped rear, and the successor lost 55kg with its similar diet. If the same were true for today’s JCW, the GP should tip the scales at about 1,250kg – giving our anticipated 300hp car a power-to-weight ratio of 231hp per tonne. Which, by pure coincidence, is conveniently identical to that provided by the Type R.

There’s no word as to whether Mini will offer both manual and automatic versions of the car; the latter would likely be faster, but we’d like to think the undying appetite for three-pedal driver’s cars ought to convince Mini that the former is essential. We won’t have long before finding out, anyway, as Mini is on schedule to show its new top performance car before 2019’s close, although first production cars won’t make it to roads until 2020. Still, that's quite a way for the brand to kick-off a new decade…








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Sion111R

Original Poster:

72 posts

42 months

Thursday 11th April 2019
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Sounds interesting. But veering in to Type R territory on looks.

sleepera6

4,753 posts

47 months

Thursday 11th April 2019
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Looks good

Cold

8,227 posts

40 months

Thursday 11th April 2019
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Daft looking spoiler looks daft.

DoubleD

10,621 posts

58 months

Thursday 11th April 2019
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This will get some frothing at the mouth, another 2 seater hatch!

addz86

1,200 posts

136 months

Thursday 11th April 2019
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I hope those arch thingybobs look better in the flesh than on the pictures

roland82

229 posts

165 months

Thursday 11th April 2019
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I love that camo, it's made up of world racing circuits.

Miserablegit

1,289 posts

59 months

Thursday 11th April 2019
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Uncompromising?
It has a roof, two seats and a heater....what more is needed?

pimpchez

887 posts

133 months

Thursday 11th April 2019
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This site is getting bad if i feel i need to point out lazy journalism .

Taken from PH itself

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R (FK8)
Engine: 1,996cc, turbocharged 4-cyl
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 320@6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 295@2,500-4,500rpm
0-62mph: 5.8sec
Top speed: 169mph
Weight: 1,451kg (with fluids and driver)
MPG: 36.7 (NEDC combined)
CO2: 176g/km
Price: £30,995 (£32,995 for GT version)

320/1451 = 220bhp/tonne NOT 231 as said here . Along with that they ALSO got it wrong for the mini 300/1250 = 240bhp/ tonne

Looks like someone is working on averages .....


Car looks good mind you

The Prof

166 posts

224 months

Thursday 11th April 2019
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I had a jcw challenge edition when they first came out and was looking forward to the gp3 as a potential purchase ....... however if it looks anything like this I’ll be steering clear no matter how good it may be to drive - those arches are hideous and that rear wing !!

No thanks mini.

Leins

7,064 posts

98 months

Thursday 11th April 2019
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And to think people found the GP1’s looks too extreme! However, with these it’s all about the drive for me, and I really hope this one is as fun as the first two

WCZ

7,540 posts

144 months

Thursday 11th April 2019
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Leins said:
And to think people found the GP1’s looks too extreme! However, with these it’s all about the drive for me, and I really hope this one is as fun as the first two
the first two were great, I prefer them than the renaults tbh so much fun!

Wish

706 posts

199 months

Thursday 11th April 2019
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I have a deposit done for one. However, I’m not convinced by the looks.
But if it’s 300bhp I don’t know if I could say no.


ian_c_uk

1,068 posts

153 months

Thursday 11th April 2019
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Having owned a cooper, cooper S, and now a JCW, I'm probably the target market for this.

However, those arches... I've always claimed I drive a MINI for how it drives, not how it looks (I've had a Clubman and a Coupe FFS!) .... but I think I've found my limit.


BFleming

1,789 posts

93 months

Friday 12th April 2019
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roland82 said:
I love that camo, it's made up of world racing circuits.
Good spot. The more I look, the more I'm playing Pole Position 30 years ago bow

Don Roque

16,877 posts

109 months

Friday 12th April 2019
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Those Pistonheads watermarks are crap.

AlexRS2782

5,758 posts

163 months

Friday 12th April 2019
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Are BMW Mini having flashbacks to the late '90's / early '00's modding scene with that rear spoiler hehe Not far off the Evo / Scooby look spoilers that got grafted onto the rear end of R5GTT's, Civic's, etc.

Actually, I wonder if they've employed the same person that designed the Mynheer kits back then hehe

Bar the spoiler and the, hopefully prototype, arches it looks interesting though.

Baddie

367 posts

167 months

Friday 12th April 2019
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Marketing tinsel, just like Landrover

Montybaber

85 posts

12 months

Friday 12th April 2019
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I am a huge fan of extreme looking cars (drive a FK8 CTR, had a Subaru etc) but I was sick in my mouth when I saw that thing

British Beef

1,278 posts

115 months

Friday 12th April 2019
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Flared arches = COOL

These things on the mini look like stick on cardboard efforts, surely they must be concealing the real flared arches underneath????

boitjie

84 posts

25 months

Friday 12th April 2019
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Is it April 1st?