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
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
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
Front MacPherson MacPherson
Rear Multi-Link Four-link
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
MSRP (Including Destination) $31,150 N/A
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.]

6 thoughts on “2006 MINI GP vs. 2013 MINI JCW GP

  • Ian C.

    So where did that $38K for the 2006 come from? My guess is it’s an accidental reveal for the new GP, since the original was only $31K!

  • Speedy1

    I agree…think the 38k is correct…we shall see!! I like the looks of the 2006 better…but the power of the 2013 is amazing…it blew Stella away!!

  • James Post author

    Disappointed that the 2013 GP weighs more than the 2013 JCW Hardtop. Must be all the stickers! But it is still 144 lbs. less than my JCW Coupe (at 2,701 lbs).

    It is not getting the lightweight aluminium rear-axle trailing arms. Brakes are heaver. I’d like to see the weight of those wheels.

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