MINI Confirms New JCW GP Model

For years now we’ve heard rumors of a new JCW GP. Today we have confirmation. During last week’s Countryman debut head of MINI worldwide Peter Schwarzenbauer seemed to indicate that a new GP would be forthcoming:

“I think so,” he said, when asked by Autocar at the LA motor show whether a JCW GP would be launched. “It’s an important part of the Mini brand. It has worked well for us in the past and I don’t see why not in the future.”

We’ve spoken about the F56 generation GP a few times in the past. The sources we’ve spoken to have pointed to a few forthcoming tunes of the 2.0L four cylinder JCW engine as a probably centerpiece of the model. Currently the B48B20O0 produces 250 hp in the revised BMW 3 Series and 255 in the hybrid 7 Series. In addition rumors of a higher performance tune of around 300 hp (destined for the X1 and X1) have persisted for years.

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What would we see in the GP? Our guess is that MINI will be conservative with a front wheel drive car. Therefore a stripped down lighter 250 hp F56 JCW with a coil over suspension and six-pot brakes sounds just about perfect to us.

Our guess is that we’ll begin to see a winged JCW prototype at the ‘Ring next spring and details should start slipping out shortly thereafter. Expect something in the 2018 to 2019 range before it finally hits dealers.

Source: Autocar

  • Eddie Cosme

    I hope they offer a backseat option. I would love to own a GP but I still need to get the kids to school.

    • VaultDweller73

      There’s the trunk.

    • r_k_w

      Oh god, I hope not. A GP model should be stripped down and performance oriented without compromise.

      • Scott Eaves

        So, no air conditioning or power windows either?

        • r_k_w

          Of course, that wouldn’t happen because MINI has become more about “premium” than performance. But if MINI is serious about cultivating a performance image, they need to create a serious performance model. All of the GP releases sold slowly and I wouldn’t be surprised if MINI lost money on them. The GP is more about developing a performance image for the brand, not how many GPs they can sell.

        • HeDidn’tWeDid

          The GP models may have sold slowly, but you can’t find them used now for under $25K and most are going closer to $30K. Where I roam here in Arkansas just makes me all the more jealous of those who can afford one because the GP would be a Beast on the roads I drive on.

    • So just buy a regular JCW.

      • Eddie Cosme

        If that were the only difference then that would make sense. But it’s not.

    • jcwcoupe

      I second this. I would love to be able to daily drive one. But even without the back seat I would think long and hard

  • ulrichd

    Please rethink the design of the lower front bumper (aka the fish mouth) for the GP.

    • Eric

      Please not !!

  • Robert M

    I feel that the HP should be in the 250-300 range. Add the ALL4 set up from the JCW Clubman/Countryman. Since its the UKL chassis, the tunnel to the rear is still in place it’ll be an easy add.