LOOK: MINI’s John Cooper Works GP1 Revival

BMW Group UK has brought forth a collection that includes special BMWs and some noteworthy MINIs. Among them, the spotlight shines on the John Cooper Works GP1, a hot hatch that serves as a living time capsule within the local fleet of 15 carefully preserved vehicles. Launched in 2006, this iconic model, limited to 2,000 units worldwide, emerged as MINI’s most powerful production car of its time, shedding 50 kilograms through the Grand Prix (GP) kit.

Beneath the Thunder Grey exterior with a Pure Silver roof and Chili Red mirror caps lies the heart of the GP1—a supercharged 1.6-liter engine generating 218 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque. Stripped of rear seats and equipped with weight-saving measures, the GP1 raced from 0 to 62 mph in a swift six and a half seconds, ultimately reaching a top speed of 149 mph. The exclusive 18-inch wheels, a limited-slip front differential, and a stiffer suspension contributed to its agile and dynamic performance.

Sporting distinctive features such as upgraded 16-inch ventilated brake discs with red calipers and a unique aero package, including a rear spoiler, the John Cooper Works GP1 left an indelible mark on automotive history. 

As MINI prepares for an electric future, enthusiasts eagerly await the potential arrival of a GP4, while electric performance cars bearing the JCW badge are already on the horizon. The John Cooper Works GP1 remains a testament to MINI’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation, speed, and style in the world of iconic automobiles.

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