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MINI John Cooper Works GP price and information

MINI John Cooper Works GP

MINI USA released pricing and allotment information for the MINI John Cooper Works GP.  The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price is $39,950 (including the $700 Destination & Handling charge).

The US will receive 500 GPs with one car allotted to each dealership (115 cars).  The other 385 GPs will be sold through a special 800 phone number.  Original owners of the 2006 MINI GP will be given a couple weeks to order a new MINI JCW GP before the ordering begins for everyone else.  The cars are scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2013.

We have heard that MINI USA might offer numbered GPs:

We are currently working with the MINI Design house to have numbers added that would perfectly match the red decals on the GP. These numbers will be exclusive to the US market.

More information when we get it.


2006 MINI GP vs. 2013 MINI JCW GP

2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit

2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP

Now that the European specifications for the new MINI JCW GP have emerged, We thought we’d compare the figures with the original 2006 MINI GP.  The 2013 MINI JCW GP is longer, but slightly less wide and a bit lower.  The new version is 88 pounds (40 kg) heavier but makes up for it with a slight power increase from 215 hp to 218 hp.

MINI is trumpeting the new JCW GP’s fast time of 8:23 on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, an 18-second improvement over the 2006 GP’s time of 8:41.

So if the weight has gone up and the power is up only slightly, where does the improved performance come from?  Three major improvements come in the aerodynamics, suspension, and brakes of the new GP.  Here are the specification and performance figures for comparison.

2006 MINI Cooper S with
John Cooper Works GP Kit
2013 MINI
John Cooper Works GP
Dimensions
Length 143.9″ (3655 mm) 148.6″ (3774 mm)
Width 66.5″ (1689 mm) 66.3″ (1683 mm)
Height 55.8″ (1417 mm) 54.8″ (1393 mm)
Wheelbase 97.1″ (2467 mm) 97.1″ (2467 mm)
Weight 2,469 lb (1120 kg)  2,557 lb (1160 kg)
Drag Coefficient 0.35 0.35
Engine and Transmission
Type and Displacement Supercharged
Inline 4 Cylinder 1,598 cm³
Turbocharged
Inline 4 cylinder 1,598 cm³
Power 215 hp (159 kW) @ 7,100 rpm 218 hp (160 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 180 lb-ft (244 Nm) @ 4,500 rpm 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) @ 1750–5750 rpm
Transmission 6-Speed Manual,
front-wheel drive
6-Speed Manual,
front-wheel drive
Suspension
Front MacPherson MacPherson
Rear Multi-Link Four-link
Brakes
Front 12.4″ (315 mm) Vented Disc 13.0″ (330 mm) Vented Disc
Rear 11.0″ (280 mm) Vented Disc 11.0″ (280 mm) Vented Disc
Wheels and Tires
Wheels 18″ x 8″ Alloy 17″ x 7.5″ Alloy
Tires 205/40-R18 Performance 215/40-R17 87W Performance
Price
MSRP (Including Destination) $31,150 N/A
Performance
Top Speed 146 mph (235 km/h) 150 mph (242 km/h)
Acceleration (0-62 mph) 6.5 seconds 6.3 seconds
Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined) 24.7/38.0/29.3 mpg N/A

[Sources:MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit brochure, BMW Group PressClub Global.]


The Source: Facebook app to share the MINI GP

The Source Facebook app

MINI has released yet another new Facebook app; this one is a contest. The Source is an app to promote the new MINI John Cooper Works GP. During the next month, MINI will release more MINI GP media such as videos in the app. Participants must share the information to get points.

Below are the two videos from Stage 2.

Visit the MINI The Source Facebook page.

Engineered for Speed

Go to the source page for Engineered for Speed.

Radical Aerodynamics

Go to the source page for Radical Aerodynamics.


MINI JCW Countryman and MINI JCW GP on the Tail of the Dragon

MINI JCW Countryman MINI JCW Countryman

Those MINI enthusiasts attending MINI Takes the States 2012 are getting a special look at two forthcoming John Cooper Works models.  MINI USA is showing the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and the MINI John Cooper Works GP at the events, but also on the road.  Both vehicles were caught motoring on US 129, better known as The Tail of the Dragon, by killboy.com.

MINI JCW GP MINI JCW GP

[Source: killboy.com.  See all of the MINI photos of The Tail of the Dragon during MTTS 2012 from 7/6/2012.]


the MINI John Cooper Works GP debuts

MINI JCW GP

MINI has debuted the second-generation MINI John Cooper Works GP.  Lacking any specific performance details, the debut is mostly an exterior design presentation.  This GP has a custom rear spoiler and a rear diffuser, but otherwise appears much like a regular JCW with custom paint and graphics.  It is still unknown what the interior will look like, although we know it will have the rear seats removed.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Munich. Only once has there been anything like it, but even that wasn’t as quick. With the MINI John Cooper Works GP, the British premium brand has come up with another car of exceptional talent designed to deliver extreme performance on both the race track and the road. The sportiest road-registered MINI ever made will go on sale later this year in a limited run of 2,000 cars. It is currently completing a programme of testing in preparation for series production, part of which has involved setting an impressive fastest lap of the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. The MINI John Cooper Works GP lapped the erstwhile Grand Prix course in 8 min. 23 sec. In so doing, the new model has put clear asphalt between itself and numerous sports cars from loftier perches – and beaten the lap time set by its predecessor, the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit, by almost 19 seconds.

Underpinning the performance characteristics of the MINI John Cooper Works GP is exclusive powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics technology inspired directly by motor sport. Its twin-scroll turbo engine generates outstanding torque, displays remarkable elasticity and demonstrates a healthy appetite for revs. Specially developed, adjustable race suspension channels this superlative output into spectacular yet precisely controllable handling.

As well as being undeniably imposing visually, the design of the body also gives the MINI John Cooper Works GP ideal aerodynamic balance in extreme driving situations – a key element in delivering that handling flair. Large front and rear aprons, striking side skirts and a bespoke roof spoiler are complemented by a newly developed rear diffuser which optimises airflow around the underbody. The interior of the MINI John Cooper Works GP also contributes to the car’s inspirational racing feeling; with the rear seats removed, it focuses unashamedly on the needs of the driver and co-driver.

Concentrated motor sport expertise – faithfully embodied at MINI by its John Cooper Works sub-brand – is the not-so-secret ingredient in the MINI John Cooper Works GP recipe. The “GP” tag on the model title tells you exactly where the extreme sports edition of the compact MINI most tellingly reveals its potential. The GP’s chassis configuration, the effectiveness of its race-spec braking system, the grip offered by its likewise bespoke racing tyres, and its aerodynamic properties have been honed into a high-performance whole on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit, erstwhile venue for Formula One races and lauded as the world’s most challenging race track. The noteworthy lap time set by the MINI John Cooper Works GP is the product of this extensive testing programme.

The unadulterated transfer of motor sport expertise into the everyday driving environment has history at MINI; it was this approach that made the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit the epitome of extreme driving fun in a small car when it was unveiled in 2006. Specific output of 100 kW/136 hp per litre of displacement and similarly impressive reserves of racing technology have secured its status as a sought-after collector’s item today.

The MINI John Cooper Works GP follows eagerly in the tyre tracks of its predecessor – and with an even greater spring in its step. It will be in similarly short supply; the world will have to make do with just 2,000 examples. Hosting the preview of the new model is another grand prix race track with history etched into every corner. The MINI John Cooper Works GP will be unveiled publicly for the first time at Le Castellet in France, venue for the MINI United festival on 11 – 13 May 2012.

See the press release Big on performance, small in number: The MINI John Cooper Works GP. Fastest MINI ever built – Best lap of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife: 8 min. 23 sec. – Extensive use of motor sport technology – Racing feeling transferred to the road – Preview at the MINI United festival – Production limited to 2,000 cars.


special edition: MINI Hyde Park

2012 MINI Hyde Park

MINI announced yet another pair of special editions for 2012: the MINI Green Park and MINI Hyde Park.  Shown above is the MINI Hyde Park.  (See the MINI Green Park.)

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

As MINI defines the streetscape, so the Royal Parks in the heart of London define the structure and rhythm of life of an entire city. For centuries they have constituted vital oases amid the hustle and bustle of the English capital. Now the championing of British tradition and lifestyle can be expressed in particularly stylish fashion courtesy of the design models MINI Hyde Park and MINI Green Park, whose exclusive colour combinations and trim levels lend them an appeal that is at once classic and sporty. Yet again MINI strikes attractive individual notes with these eye-catching characters on wheels who are ready to unleash their impact amid the urban traffic of other big cities as well.

Harmoniously combined design and trim features for the exterior and interior imbue the MINI Hyde Park and MINI Green Park with a self-assured and stylish presence. Both design models are available worldwide in MINI and MINI Clubman body styles. Depending on the market, there is a choice of up to four engine variants: the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper Clubman with 90 kW/122 hp,
MINI Cooper D and MINI Cooper D Clubman (82 kW/112 hp), MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper S Clubman (135 kW/184 hp) and the MINI Cooper SD and MINI Cooper SD Clubman (105 kW/143 hp). All engines come as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic is optionally available.

MINI Hyde Park: classic espousal of a British way of life.

Unobtrusive extravagance is the defining element when it comes to the appearance of the MINI Hyde Park. Its discreet Pepper White body colour is combined with Hot Chocolate contrasting paintwork – available for the first time – on the roof and exterior mirror caps. A further facet of the MINI Clubman colour scheme are the lower sections of the C-pillar in body colour. To match the contrasting paintwork, the MINI Hyde Park also sports bonnet and side stripes in Hot Chocolate, while another highlight is provided by indicator lenses in transparent white. Along with the direction indicators integrated in the headlights, this lends the side indicators and rear lights a markedly individual look as well.

Inside the MINI Hyde Park, surfaces in Pepper White underline the classic, balanced overall impression. The seat upholstery and optional Colour Line draw on the entire range available to the MINI and MINI Clubman. Ensuring a particularly eloquent interior design match are seats in cloth/leather or Leather Gravity with the Carbon Black or Polar Beige Colour Line and the MINI Yours dashboard lined in leather in a Black/Polar Beige combination.

With the MINI Hyde Park, the British premium small car manufacturer continues the tradition of design and special-edition models named after parts of London. Hyde Park spans 140 hectares and is famous for its Speakers’ Corner on the northeastern edge. The park is a haven for countless leisure activities in the centre of London and a green oasis that invites you to stroll between the shopping hot spots of Kensington and Oxford Street. It is also the starting point for the London-Brighton Run, the annual veteran car rally. In 2012, as part of the Olympic Games hosted by the capital of MINI’s home country, the Triathlon and Marathon Swimming events will be held in Hyde Park.


special edition: MINI Green Park

2012 MINI Green Park

MINI announced yet another pair of special editions for 2012: the MINI Green Park and MINI Hyde Park.  Shown above is the MINI Green Park.  (See the MINI Hyde Park.)

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

As MINI defines the streetscape, so the Royal Parks in the heart of London define the structure and rhythm of life of an entire city. For centuries they have constituted vital oases amid the hustle and bustle of the English capital. Now the championing of British tradition and lifestyle can be expressed in particularly stylish fashion courtesy of the design models MINI Hyde Park and MINI Green Park, whose exclusive colour combinations and trim levels lend them an appeal that is at once classic and sporty. Yet again MINI strikes attractive individual notes with these eye-catching characters on wheels who are ready to unleash their impact amid the urban traffic of other big cities as well.

Harmoniously combined design and trim features for the exterior and interior imbue the MINI Hyde Park and MINI Green Park with a self-assured and stylish presence. Both design models are available worldwide in MINI and MINI Clubman body styles. Depending on the market, there is a choice of up to four engine variants: the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper Clubman with 90 kW/122 hp,
MINI Cooper D and MINI Cooper D Clubman (82 kW/112 hp), MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper S Clubman (135 kW/184 hp) and the MINI Cooper SD and MINI Cooper SD Clubman (105 kW/143 hp). All engines come as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic is optionally available.

[…]

MINI Green Park: ambassador of the sporting heritage.

The traditional British passion for sporting competition is expressed in the exclusive design of the MINI Green Park. The roof and exterior mirror caps display British Racing Green paintwork, forming a pleasing contrast with bodywork in Pepper White. Bonnet stripes in British Racing Green and transparent white lenses for the direction indicators heighten the distinctly classic-sporty look. On this design model, too, the lower C-pillars of the MINI Clubman are in body colour.

The MINI Green Park likewise has interior surfaces in Pepper White, reflecting a cabin design that takes its cue from the exterior. And providing the perfect complement again are seats in Black or Polar Beige and the MINI Yours leather-lined dashboard in a combination of Black/Polar Beige. Also available as an alternative to the MINI design favourites are all other variants along with the entire range of optional extras for the MINI and MINI Clubman.

The MINI Green Park takes its name from a recreational area very near Buckingham Palace. Covering an expanse of 19 hectares, this park forms a key element of the city’s green belt, linking Hyde Park to St James’ Park. All told, it makes for a walk of some four kilometres through the Royal Parks, from Kensington Palace in the west to Downing Street in the east.


The MINI KILBURN Package

MINI KILBURN Package

Here is a little-known special edition package from MINI India following in the tradition of using names of London districts. We’ve already seen the Camden, Mayfair, Hampton, Baker Street, Bayswater, and Highgate.  Here we have the MINI KILBURN.

Although shown on the MINI India website, it seems these parts are in the MINI USA system and can be ordered in the United States.  Here’s what accessories are included in the MINI KILBURN Package.

KILBURN Package Mirror Caps
KILBURN Exterior Mirror Caps

For vehicles without Fold-in outside mirror

  • Right: 51162219600
  • Left: 51162219601

For vehicles with Fold-in outside mirror

  • Left: 51162219609
  • Right: 51162219610
KILBURN Package Side Stripes
KILBURN Pin Stripe Decal Kit
  • Pair: 51142219602

Includes Side Stripe and Bonnet Stripes.

KILBURN Package Side Scuttles
KILBURN Side Scuttles
  • Trim Cover Set: 51132219599

In conjunction with

  • Carrier Set: 51130414453
KILBURN Package Bonnet Stripes
KILBURN Pin Stripe Decal Kit
  • Pair: 51142219602

Includes Side Stripe and Bonnet Stripes.


MINI 10 Years Anniversary model debuts

MINI 10 Years Anniversary special edition

In the press release before the New York International Auto Show, MINI announced a US-only special edition model to commemorate the ten years MINI has been in the United States.  It will come as a Cooper only.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Special model for the USA: MINI 10 Years Anniversary.

The second world premiere at the Auto Show in New York is dedicated to the tenth anniversary of MINI on the US automobile market. The MINI 10 Years Anniversary was designed especially for customers in the USA. Based on the MINI Cooper, the 121 hp 4-cylinder anniversary model expresses the pioneering spirit of the first premium small car as it set out to take the USA by storm. “As you would expect, it is available in three paint finishes: red, white and blue – the three colors which make up the national flag of the USA,” says Dr. Kay Segler.

The Chili Red version on display features chrome driving lamps, 16″ R90 Cross Spoke Alloy wheels, larger rear spoiler, striped side graphics, and special “MINI 10 Years in America” grille badge and rear badge.

Read the entire press release MINI at the New York International Auto Show 2012.