The 2020 MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) GP revealed its latest reproduction of the top MINI 3 Door, the GP3. A value with racing genes establishes new performance benchmarks in the high-end small car segment.
An extreme, perfectionist race atmosphere is represented by what is significantly the most powerful engine ever to be used in a brand’s compact car, a suspension system that is fine-tuned based on the extensive automotive experience of John Cooper Works, and a chassis that is designed in terms of lightweight structure, torsional rigidity, and aerodynamics.
The limited production of the JCW GP3 has made it the most exclusive road car. Although small in size, the new motor-racing-heritage-inspired model is very fast, showcasing an unrivaled sporty bent and compelling agility.
Special Features of the MINI JCW GP3
Optimized Aerodynamic Properties
The body of the new MINI JCW GP3 has been modernized in detail, mainly optimizing the aerodynamic balance and the intended supply of cooling air to the brake system and drive units.
The GP Aerodynamic Kit boasts these with its Chili Red and Rosso Red accents, creating a refreshed look of the front bumper with its new air intake and rear bumper with diffuser insert.
8-Speed Sport Transmission
Complete with an integrated differential lock and paired to the performance characteristics and high torque of the engine, the model-specific 8-speed Steptronic transmission is fitted in the new MINI JCW GP3.
It is the latest generation of transmission, which showcases an extended spread and increased internal efficiency.
Increased Agility with the Chassis Design
The track widths of the MINI JCW GP3 were increased, aligning to the distinctive chassis design and set-up, and thereby giving your vehicle that increased agility.
The suspension of the body was also lowered by 10 millimeters as compared to the MINI John Cooper Works, opening up a whole new dimension of the go-kart characteristic and feeling given by this new model.
Navigation Plus Pack
Experiencing the new MINI JCW GP3 is not complete without its latest technology, delivered by its GP Touring Pack. This feature showcases the Navigation Plus Pack, connecting you to the world in several ways while driving the GP3.
With the 8.8” display of the navigation system, finding your way while enjoying its other features such as the MINI Visual Boost Radio, Real-Time Traffic Information, Enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging is easily attainable.
Lastly, the MINI Connected XL lets you communicate with your car through Amazon Alexa, completing your futuristic ride on the track.
Race with Comfort
A dual-zone automatic air conditioning and seat heating is also part of the GP Touring Pack, completing your desired amount of pleasure whether you’re on a race or just simply hitting the road.
With the dual-zone system, the driver and front-seat passenger can independently adjust their preferred climate temperature, especially when you have your heated seat, giving you another type of comfort as well.
All-Out Display of an Authentic Sporty Flair
The Piano black exterior of the MINI JCW GP3 showcases the black finish of the headlamp surrounds, the fuel filler flap, the central radiator grille, and rear lights.
The door handles, the MINI logo found at the front and rear of the vehicle, and the inlay on the bonnet has also sported the uncompromising and authentic athletic presence of the car.
Interior of the MINI JCW GP3
GP Digital Display
A high-resolution 5-inch digital instrument cluster on the steering column permanently shows a GP logo at the top of the screen. It also displays the road speed both on a scale and numerically.
The Connected Media system is also part of the digital display cockpit, represented by the 6.5-inch screen in the central instrument panel.
Sports Car Cockpit
Matched with the JCW GP sport bucket seats that are in Dinamica/leather combination with red accentuation seams, silver side edges, and a GP badge underneath the blended red belt straps and headrests, the sports car cockpit exhibits a top-of-the-line interior of a sports car.
Aside from the two seats, the MINI JCW GP3 has also reduced its acoustic insulation, aiming to optimize its weight and provide a more compatible capacity found in a sports car.
With a brake function feature, the cruise control is capable of automatically regulating the desired speed. It also maintains the speed even when driving downhill by applying the brakes when necessary.
Loading in Style
A modernized style of protection is delivered with the GP3’s load protection bar designed with a Chili Red appearance. It does not just prevent any damage to your vehicle but also enhances its sporty look.
3D Printed Materials
Several interior features of the GP3 are 3D-printed, showcasing a more exclusive character to the car. The metal center marking on the top center of the steering wheel and the shift paddles attached behind it matches the unique set of the honeycomb structure on the paddle surfaces.
GP Multi-function Steering Wheel
Matching the sporty trim interior of the JCW GP3 is the Walknappa leather covering the steering wheel and also showcasing its multi-function controls.
With the shift paddles integrated into it, the steering wheel can be conveniently used when in the manual intervention.
Exterior of the MINI JCW GP3
John Cooper Works GP Spoke Wheels
The 18-inch lightweight forged GP spoke wheels are equipped as high-performance tyres, exclusively developed for an exceptional sporty vehicle.
Bearing the GP logo, the hub caps on the light-alloy wheels also add up to the sporty flair of the MINI JCW GP3. The profile and structure of these tyres are also designed to provide maximum steering precision, increased grip during your acceleration and deceleration, and precise transmission when cornering.
Darkened LED headlights and Rear lights
A more authentic sporty flair is evident with the quality-designed and darkened LED headlights and rear lights. The features lack any chrome detail but gain an elegant black trim around the outer lights and inside it.
Carbon Fibre Wheel Spats
It’s the first production vehicle to feature an exposed matt carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) coating, perfectly harmonizing with the purpose and style of the wheel spats.
The highly-efficient materials were also used to apply individual numbering on the wheel arch panels using a newly enhanced paint transfer process.
Offering both Style and Protection
While it provides essential protection for the occupants, such as blocking harmful ultraviolet rays, helping with solar heat rejection, and protection for shattered glass, the sun protection glass of the MINI JCW GP3 also adds up to its overall sporty flair.
This feature adds a stylish and smart character to the sporty vehicle, making sure that you enjoy a confident ride.
Advancing your Driving Dynamics
The large roof spoiler features its double-wing contours and extends far beyond the sideline.
This feature optimizes your driving dynamics through its reversed wing profile, letting you produce maximum downforce with the lowest possible aerodynamic pull, allowing you to push the vehicle on the road at high speeds.
An emotionally powerful sound is imperative in a motorsports car. This model-specific sports exhaust system gives that, and its spirited power development is assisted by the low exhaust back pressure under full load, joined by a sound built around motor racing.
MINI JCW GP3 Specifications
- John Cooper Works GP sport bucket seats with Dinamica/leather and red seat belts
- GP digital display cockpit
- GP Walknappa leather steering wheel with multi-function controls
- 3D printed GP metal shift paddles
- 3D printed fascia panel with individual GP numbering
- GP door entry strips
- GP floor mats with logo and Chili Red stitching
- Anthracite headlining
- Carbon Black Colour Line
- Front centre armrest
- 6.5” Radio Visual Boost with specific GP startup screen
- Load protection bar in Chili Red
- 18” John Cooper Works GP Spoke forged lightweight alloy wheels in two-tone
- Racing Grey metallic exterior paint colour
- Melting Silver contrast roof and mirror caps
- Darkened LED headlights and rear lights
- GP aerodynamic kit with Chili Red and Rosso Red accents, including specific front bumper with new air intake and rear bumper with diffuser insert
- Carbon fibre wheel spats with individual numbering on front driver and passenger side
- Piano Black Exterior with extended content: bonnet scoop, MINI badges, headlight and rear light surround, grille surround, door handles and fuel filler cap
- Rear spoiler, bicolour, with GP logo
- Exhaust tailpipes in stainless steel
- Cruise control with brake function
- Specific DSC setting including a GP Mode
- Torsen mechanical differential
- Sport braking system (18” 4-piston front brake caliper))
Additional Options (Included)
- Navigation Plus Pack
- Navigation System with 8.8” display
- Apple CarPlay
- MINI Visual Boost Radio
- MINI Connected
- Enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging
- Automatic air conditioning, dual zone
- Seat heating
Technical Data of the MINI JCW GP3
|Engine capacity||1,998 cc|
|Max Output||306 hp (225 kW)|
|Max Torque||450 Nm|
|Acceleration||5.2 s(0-100 km/h)|
|Top Speed||263 km/h|
|Transmission||8-speed sport automatic|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||3,879 mm x 1,762 mm x 1,420 mm|
|Fuel Consumption||8.3L / 100km|
MINI JCW GP3 Reviews
Check out what others say about the new MINI JCW GP3!
“The fastest Mini ever… feels nothing like a Mini. More of a teeny 911 Turbo. Easy to drive stupidly quick, but lacks a crucial fizz and sense of cheekiness.”
Read the full review by Top Gear
“Most extreme road-going Mini benefits from 302bhp, a strict diet and an eye-catching bodykit.”
Read the full review by Auto Car UK
“GP hits the bullseye by enabling the reincarnation of puberty and overt childishness regardless of birth date – and that’s the number one thing we want in a hot hatch.”
Read the full review by CarMagazine UK
“… the 2020 JCW GP feels every bit like a true honed performance car. Driver input and vehicle feedback, the low center of gravity, genius distribution of weight and lack of body roll in corners, the JCW GP has all the hallmarks of what enthusiasts drool over when they dream of a ‘driver’s car’.“
Read the full review by Forbes
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History of MINI JCW GP3
The MINI John Cooper Works GP was first introduced in 2006 and was recognized as the company’s most upscale road car. Inspired by the motor racing side of the marque, the GP series was a test in revealing how far the brand can push its motorsports qualifications without losing its distinct modern MINI touch.
MINI is a British automotive marque that has been owned by BMW since 2000. The original MINI was spelled with “Mini” and was known to be a line of British small cars assembled by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and eventually became part of the British Motor Holdings. Our MINI JCW GP3 came from John Cooper Works (JCW), which is an English car marque now owned by BMW and using it on its Mini vehicles since 2007.
Although BMW gained the rights to use the JCW on their MINI cars in 2007, the GP series started in 2006. The second generation of the GP series, also called GP2, is the 2013 limited-edition John Cooper Works GP, a track-oriented version of the regular JCW hatchback based roughly on the JCW Challenge race car. The third and latest generation is the GP3, with a strictly limited batch of 3,000 vehicles worldwide, with 575 staying in the UK.
Matched with the most powerful engine ever equipped to a series-produced MINI 3-door Hatch, the MINI JCW GP3 embodies the motorsport essence with its dynamic package. The new-generation not just showcases its newly developed engines but also its wide track, large front apron, marked spoiler, and its rectangular wheel arches made of recycled carbon fiber.
The MINI John Cooper Works GP is available with two versions, including the base vehicle that is weight-optimized and the other version with the GP Touring Pack with additional features such as seat heating, automatic air conditioning, and Navigation Plus pack.
The largest export market for the MINI John Cooper Works GP is the US, way ahead of the UK market.
MINI JCW GP3 FAQ
How many seats does the MINI JCW GP3 have?
The MINI JCW GP3 has a seating capacity of up to 2 people.
How many cc/power is the MINI JCW GP3?
The MINI JCW GP3 gains its power from the 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, mated at 306 horsepower and an impressive 450 Nm of torque.
What is the top speed of the MINI JCW GP3?
With an acceleration of 5.2 seconds (0-62 mph), its top speed is at 264 km/h (164 mph).
What is its fuel efficiency?
The MINI JCW GP3 is rated for a combined fuel consumption of 8.3 l/100km and combined CO2 emissions of 189 g/km. However, these figures may not reflect real-life driving results, which will rely on several factors, including the accessories equipped, variations in weather, vehicle load, and driving styles.
What colors is the MINI JCW GP3 available in?
The standard colors showcased in the MINI JCW GP3 includes Red Chili scattered on every exterior and interior parts, the classic black color, and a contrasting color of Melting Silver metallic for its roof and exterior mirror caps.
Where can I view the MINI JCW GP3?