Over the last few months we’ve seen official and unofficial teases of the 2020 MINI JCW GP in its final production form. The big news is that the new GP will feature the radical boxed fenders and rear wing from the concept along with a high-output 302 hp four cylinder turbo. Powering the GP will be the 302 hp B48A20T1 2.0L that is currently on the X2 M35i and will be in the JCW Countryman and Clubman later this year.
We see two GP test mules in the video above; an early mule with no body cladding and one that is wrapped in both the final aero package and MINI’s latest JCW camouflage which features tracks from around the world. The latter test mule gives us a great look at the final GP body kit which includes everything from carbon fiber boxed fenders to a radical rear wing and even new mirrors. Iconically what it doesn’t give us is a new front bumper which has been asked for since the F56 Cooper S debuted in 2013.
Powering the GP will be the B48A20T1 which debuted in the X2 M35i. This engine features a number of physical changes over the previous JCW power plant. Reinforced crankshaft, larger main bearings and new pistons fitted with a reduced compression ratio (9.5:1 vs 10.2:1) all allows for a larger turbocharger and increased boost. The intake airflow tract is also improved on the B48A20T1 for higher flow while the cooling system has been upgraded to keep it all at a proper operating temperature.
Helping to put this power down to the road will be the same 8 speed automatic already found in the JCW Countryman and Clubman. Or at least that’s what sources are telling us. While we’d love to be wrong on this one, it would make a lot of sense given the complexity of applying that much torque through the front tires. That’s right, despite the power the GP will remain front wheel drive.
Leveraging the front wheel drive and 8-speed sport automatic transmission, it’s rumored that MINI will offer an improved launch control allowing for consistent all-out sprints from a standing stop.
MINI JCW GP Production and Timing
The other key figure is production quantity – 3,000. That’s 1000 more than the 2nd generation GP and a number that hints at how successful MINI believes this all new GP will be. However that doens’t mean it’ll be easy to get. Given the power and extreme styling this new GP will likely be in demand unlike never before. Our recommendation would be to visit your local MINI dealer and make sure you’re on the list now.
Sources tell us that MINI is planning production for spring of 2020. Which sounds like great timing for anyone who wants a GP for MTTS 2020.