RE: Uncompromising new Mini JCW GP spied on track

RE: Uncompromising new Mini JCW GP spied on track

Thursday 11th April

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:

59 posts

32 months

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

sleepera6

4,584 posts

37 months

Thursday 11th April
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Looks good

Cold

6,499 posts

30 months

Thursday 11th April
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Daft looking spoiler looks daft.

DoubleD

7,441 posts

48 months

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

addz86

1,113 posts

126 months

Thursday 11th April
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I hope those arch thingybobs look better in the flesh than on the pictures
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roland82

226 posts

155 months

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

Miserablegit

410 posts

49 months

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

pimpchez

879 posts

123 months

Thursday 11th April
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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

146 posts

214 months

Thursday 11th April
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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

6,590 posts

88 months

Thursday 11th April
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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

6,426 posts

134 months

Thursday 11th April
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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

661 posts

189 months

Thursday 11th April
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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

1,060 posts

143 months

Thursday 11th April
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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

949 posts

83 months

Friday 12th April
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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

16,510 posts

99 months

Friday 12th April
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Those Pistonheads watermarks are crap.

AlexRS2782

5,292 posts

153 months

Friday 12th April
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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

323 posts

157 months

Friday 12th April
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Marketing tinsel, just like Landrover

Montybaber

44 posts

2 months

Friday 12th April
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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

1,164 posts

105 months

Friday 12th April
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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

76 posts

15 months

Friday 12th April
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Is it April 1st?