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Section: JCW GP

Transforming a Stock JCW into the JCW GP

MotoringFile Sections: JCW GP, R56 (Hatch) Jun 26th, 2013 13 Comments

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The following is the story of one man (Karl Muller) and his obsession (we’d call it healthy) in transforming his 2009 factory JCW MINI into a JCW GP. A few months back Karl started to pepper our inbox with questions about the GP. It quickly became clear that Karl was on a mission and had both an attention to detail and persistence to actually pull off what seemed impossible – re-create the GP from a stock 2009 JCW. We’ll let him tell the rest.

I didn’t intend to take this so far. What started out as a quest to simply acquire the new GP rear diffuser morphed into a GP parts obsession culminating in my 2009 factory JCW now sporting the rear diffuser, underbody panels, GP coil over suspension, the GP rear spoiler, and the GP aerodynamic splash guard. continued →

MOTOR Magazine Names JCW GP its 2013 Best “Bang for Your Bucks”

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Best of the Web, In the Press, JCW GP May 14th, 2013 16 Comments

Driving the JCW GP in the Wild

Australian motoring site and friends of MotoringFile, Ausmotive.com, are reporting this morning that MOTOR Magazine has named the second generation JCW GP as the latest winner of their “Bang for your bucks” award. One judge called the GP the “best MINI I’ve ever driven, especially on a track.” We couldn’t agree more.

Head over to Ausmotive.com for their full take and some down under GP photos. You can also catch the full MINI Australia press release after the jump.

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Old vs New: Two Generations of JCW GPs Compared in Photos

MotoringFile Sections: JCW GP, R56 (Hatch) May 3rd, 2013 38 Comments

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Since the release of the 2nd generation JCW GP we’ve been debating how it compares to the original. And while we’ve found that the new GP runs rings around the first generation on the road and track, the jury is still out on which actually looks better. So we wanted to take another look at both with back to back photos comparing details of both cars. Which one wins out? Lets hear it in the comments. continued →

MotoringFile/WRR Audio Interview: MINI USA Product Manager Pat McKenna

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW GP, Podcast, R56 (Hatch), R61 (Paceman) Apr 9th, 2013 11 Comments

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MINI Product Manager Pat McKenna took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about a couple of the more debated topics on MF recently. First up the GP. More specifically what’s up with the waiver GP owners are having to sign? Then we talk GP sales and value for money.

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Autocar Drives the JCW GP

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, JCW GP Mar 14th, 2013 16 Comments

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Matt Prior and the team over at Autocar have whipped up a doozy of a JCW GP Review. Covering design, interior, performance, ride, costs and other criteria, it’s eight web pages full of GP scrutiny. The context: how would the new GP stack up against the old one?

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Decoding the GP: Finding & Buying the Parts

MotoringFile Sections: Accessories, JCW GP Mar 6th, 2013 46 Comments

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Unlike the first GP MINI hasn’t gone to the same lengths in keeping non-owners from finding and buying the unique components of the car. This means that any one who owns a R5X MINI has some opportunity to customize their car with some of the relatively rare parts found on the fastest MINI ever made.

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JCW GP Rear Diffuser Secretly Available as Accessory

MotoringFile Sections: Accessories, JCW, JCW GP, R56 (Hatch) Mar 5th, 2013 37 Comments

When MINI released the first GP any part associated with it could only be bought if you had an actual GP VIN. It was assumed this would be the case with new GP as well. But surprisingly longtime reader Karl Muller did some digging and was able to order perhaps the more interesting of all parts on the new GP – the rear diffuser. And perhaps most surprising it was not only easy but relatively cheap and simple to install.

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