2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP

Maximum MINI: 2020 John Cooper Works GP arrives with 306 hp, serious hardware

When MINI first teased the newest John Cooper Works GP, we knew it would be bonkers. How much so? That remained to be seen, but now we know: it’s the fastest car the company has ever built.

This isn’t the first iteration of the GP but this time around MINI stepped it up a notch. Perhaps to compete with the wildness that is the Honda Civic Type R, they started with the body and added a slew of performance and cosmetic differentiators. Focusing on cooling and stability, everything is purposeful. There’s a massive rear wing, a more aggressive front fascia and integrated lip spoiler, and carbon-fiber reinforced wheel arches.

2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP

The car’s 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes 306 hp and 450Nm, or roughly 332 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 happens in 5.2 seconds. The top speed is a hair shy of 165 MPH. It gets a mechanically locking differential, model-specific exhaust, and beefed up cooling. Though it might anger many MINI enthusiasts, an 8-speed automatic is the sole transmission available. Think GT3RS here; the GP is about extracting speed above all else.

2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP

But it doesn’t stop there. The front motor mount is heavier duty. A solid rear axle support is in place of the old hollow unit. Frame bracing is more extensive. The front brakes are four-piston and the car has 19-pound 18” wheels. The rear seats have been removed and have been replaced with a strut brace. And there’s a plethora of electronic hardware and software, both controllable and fixed.

2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP

Obviously this is a serious performance machine. The stats may not tell the whole story, but this is a car that could provide a massively rewarding driving experience should it be set up right from the factory.

The GP has become a continuous stream of the car’s most hardcore example. This one should be an absolute riot, regardless of its price. Only 3000 will be built so production is limited. While we don’t yet know how it drives, the 2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP is the most extreme MINI we’ve seen. And it’s glorious.

2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP

2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP

2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP

2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP


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4 responses to “Maximum MINI: 2020 John Cooper Works GP arrives with 306 hp, serious hardware”

  1. Andrew Fails Avatar
    Andrew Fails

    The continued lack of manual transmissions in Minis bums me out, especially in this car.

  2. outback_ute Avatar

    Those wheel arch flares with the gap at the rear and ‘fin’ with 2020 on it look a bit strange

  3. Zentropy Avatar

    What exactly is the purpose of the fender “fins”? And why do fenders require carbon-fiber reinforcement, anyway?

    This car is just a visual celebration of boy-racer idiocy covering a few legitimate performance upgrades, which makes the combination an enigma. The automatic-only transmission choice is a head-scratcher. Personally, I don’t get it. Much like the Type R, I certainly wouldn’t want to be seen driving it.

    1. caltemus Avatar

      I imagine they allow wider tires to fit under the fenders. They’re made of carbon as it would be lighter than sheet metal or fiberglass, while still being strong enough for bodywork on a production vehicle. It seems much less egregiously “boy-racer” than the Type R, but I’ll agree that the lack of a manual makes it a snooze.

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