Fastest ever Mini hits the road


If you like your Minis fast and furious, you're in luck – the car maker has just released details of its quickest ever model!

The new John Cooper Works GP – limited to just 2,000 units – boasts 215bhp, will be able to hit 150mph and can crack 60mph in just six seconds.

Costing £28,790, the stripped-out two-seater features a modified version of the standard JCW's 1.6-litre turbocharged engine.

To help scrub off all that speed, the hot Mini features an uprated braking system, and there's a set of 17-inch unique alloys and sports tyres to aid cornering grip and agility.

And for the first time in a Mini, GP owners will be able to set-up the car to their preference thanks to adjustable coil suspension. Ride height can be lowered too by up to 20mm making it a perfect track-day tool.

Unlike other Minis, the GP also features revised traction control. The sporty model comes with a "GP Racing Mode" which allows the inside wheel to be braked during hard cornering but doesn't cut engine power.

The GP weighs just 1,160kg – one of the best in its class – and tests at the Nurburgring's fearsome North Loop revealed the stripped-out GP is supercar-rapid – it set an impressive lap time of just 8m 23s.

Fuel economy isn't bad either – it returns 39.8mpg on the combined cycle, and CO2 emissions of 165g/km.

However, the bad news is of those 2,000 cars we mentioned earlier, only 200 will be available in the UK.

Mini John Cooper Works GP

Mini John Cooper Works GP