Here’s the news many of us have been waiting to see for over six months. MINI USA has announced final specifications and pricing on the JCW GP. The US market will get 415 GPs each priced at $30,600 (not including $550 destination). So that means $31,150 (w/$550 destination charge) is the answer we were looking for in yesterday’s post. Certainly lower than most seemed to expect (based on yesterday’s post) and much lower than the $40k price tag that a few had speculated. We have the official press release, official US-spec GP specifications, full GP gallery and video below:
MINI USA announces the North American Debut of the 2006 MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit (GP) at the New York International Auto Show.
This limited-production, sport tuned model comes exclusively in a two-seat configuration and offers a level of performance that makes it the most powerful MINI available from the factory. The ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“GPÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ produces 214 horsepower and is approximately 100 pounds lighter than the standard MINI Cooper S model, allowing it to achieve a top speed of 150 mph.
The two letters ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œGPÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â in the name of this unique model stand for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œGrand PrixÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â, paying tribute to MINIÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s motor sport pedigree ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬” a pedigree not only demonstrated by the Classic MiniÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Monte Carlo rally wins in the 60s, but by MINIÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s competitive successes today, including road racing, auto cross, rally sport and even drag racing.
The MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit will be limited to a production run of exactly 2,000 units worldwide. The US market will receive an exclusively limited number of only 415 of these cars which go on sale this fall with a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price of $31,150 including a $550 destination charge.
Under the bonnet, the MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit features additional modifications to the intercooler, the supercharger and the electronic engine management system. With these modifications this model now boasts a 46 horsepower increase in engine power over that of a standard Copper S model, producing 214 horsepower and 184 foot-pounds of torque at 4600 RPM. The low restriction twin-pipe sport exhaust, adds an impressively throaty sound, underscoring the enhanced sport-tuning of the engine.
The performance-enhanced power plant in the new MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit offers even more on-road performance with acceleration times of 6.5 seconds from 0 to 62 mph. To transfer this extra power to the road, the car comes standard with a limited-slip differential, enhancing traction under acceleration. This feature not only helps to optimize traction on slippery roads, but also during spirited driving. DSC Dynamic Stability Control adds a further level of active safety on the MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit.
An essential feature of the John Cooper Works GP Kit is its sport suspension and sport brakes with components carefully matched to the greater power of the engine. Even firmer springs and stronger dampers enhance the outstanding agility of the car while larger sport brakes with special composition pads add greater stopping power.
The new MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit stands out with an exclusive Aerodynamics Package with deeper, more contoured front and rear air dams and side sills. The roof spoiler with its racing wing profile is a prominent feature at the rear of the roof line.
The MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit also features an exclusive metallic paint scheme in Thunder Blue with the roof finished in Pure Silver. Adding exclusivity to this limited-production model, each MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP kit is sequentially numbered with a distinctive roof graphic just over the side door. The surrounds on the air scoops along the engine compartment lid and in the front air dam are also finished in Pure Silver. The exterior mirrors come in an attractive contrasting Chili Red. And white side direction indicators come standard.
The purist interior of the MINI Cooper S with its John Cooper Works GP Kit exudes more than just a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œtouchÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â of motor sport. The rear seat bench was removed to help reduce the weight of the car, and is now a flat loading area. For even greater convenience, the floor can be folded up in a Z-arrangement for easy access to two additional storage boxes. An aluminum finished cargo brace bar behind the front seats helps to keep cargo secure.
The sport interior is fitted with driver and passenger sports seats that come in an exclusive GP cloth/leather upholstery combination and a special three-spoke leather sports steering wheel. The dashboard again underlines the sporting character of the car with a center mounted speedometer and the tachometer mounted on the steering column. Both displays come in Anthracite, with red needles ensuring excellent clarity and readability.
Additional weight saving measures included replacing the conventional rear control arms with ones made from aluminum. This along with modifications the body and omission of some of the sound-deadening material come together to help reduce the overall weight of the car by approximately 100 pounds compared to a MINI comparably equipped Cooper S.
Source: MINI USA Press
|MINI 2006 MINI Cooper S w/the John Cooper Works GP Kit
|Transmission||Getrag 6 Speed Manual|
|No. of doors / seats||–||3 / 2|
|Vehicle length||mm / inch||3655 / 143,9|
|Vehicle width||mm / inch||1688 / 66,5|
|Vehicle height, unloaded||mm / inch||1416 / 55,8|
|Vehicle height, unloaded incl. antena||1428 / 56,2|
|Wheelbase||mm / inch||2467 / 97,1|
|Track, front||mm / inch||1446 / 56,9|
|Track, rear||mm / inch||1452 / 57,2|
|Width at shoulderheight, front W3||mm / inch||1294 / 50,9|
|Eff. leg room, front L34||mm / inch||1048 / 41,3|
|Eff. Head room, front H61||mm / inch||985 / 38,8|
|Trunk volume acc. to DIN 70020 method||ltr / ft3||150-670 / 5,3-23,7|
|Approx. tank capacity||ltr / gal||50 / 13,2|
|Unladen weight||kg / lbs||1170 / 2579|
|Axle load ratio, rear (unladen)||%||37.6|
|Gross vehicle weight||kg / lbs||1430 / 3153|
|Payload||kg / lbs||260 / 373|
|Axle load limit, front||kg / lbs||890 / 1962|
|Axle load limit, rear||kg / lbs||730 / 1609|
|Roof load limit||kg / lbs||75 / 165|
|Engine / No. of cylinders / valves p. cyl.||–||In Line / 4 / 4|
|Fuel management||–||Siemens EMS 2000|
|Displacement, acc. to ECE Reg.||cm3 / inch3||1598 / 97,5|
|Stroke||mm / inch||85,8 / 3,38|
|Bore||mm / inch||77 / 3,03|
|Nom. power output / Eng. speed||SAE hp / min-1||214|
|Max. torque / Engine speed||ft lbs (Nm) / min-1||184 (250) / 4600|
|Compression ratio / Fuel type||–||8,3 / 91-98 ROZ|
|Transmission type||–||Getrag 285*|
|Gear ratio 1st / 2nd / 3rd||–||12,789 / 7,793 / 5,651|
|Gear ratio 4th / 5th / 6th||–||4,615 / 3,828 / 3,126|
|Reverse gear ratio||–||11,944|
|Final drive ratio||–||*total transmission ratio|
|Steering type / Steering ratio||–||Rack&Pinion / 13,18|
|Brake front / diameter||– / mm / inch||Disc ventil./294 / 11,6|
|Brake rear / diameter||– / mm / inch||Disc / 259 / 10,2|
|Drag cd x A||m2 / ft2||0,67 / 7,21|
|Top speed||km/h / mph||240 / 150|
|Acceleration 0 – 1/4 mile||s||–|
|Tire size front||–||205/40 R18 82W RSC|
|Tire size rear||–||205/40 R18 82W RSC|
|Wheel size front||–||7J x 18 alloy|
|Wheel size rear||–||7J x 18 alloy|
|Radiator s. incl.heater / Engine oil *||ltr / quarts||6 / 6,3 // 4,8 / 5,1|
|Transmiss. fluid / Final drive fluid||ltr / quarts||life-time|
|Battery capacity / installed position||Ah / –||55/luggage comp.|
|Alternator||A / W||105 /1470|
|* Oil exchange quantity||*** preliminary|
|As gear ratios you can use alternatively|
|Transmission type||–||Getrag 285|
|Gear ratio 1st / 2nd / 3rd||–||4,455 1)/ 2,714 1)/ 1,333 2)|
|Gear ratio 4th / 5th / 6th||–||1,089 2)/ 1,333 1)/ 1,089 1)|
|Reverse gear ratio||–||2,818 2)|
|Final drive ratio||–||1) 2,87 / 2) 4,24|
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