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 ‘GP’ 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 “GP” in the name of this unique model stand for “Grand Prix”, paying tribute to MINI’s motor sport pedigree — a pedigree not only demonstrated by the Classic Mini’s Monte Carlo rally wins in the 60s, but by MINI’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 “touch” 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
Technical Specifications
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 /
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 0.34
Drag cd x A m2 / ft2 0,67 / 7,21
Top speed km/h / mph 240 / 150
Acceleration 0-60mph s 6.5***
Acceleration 0 – 1/4 mile s
Acceleration 0-1000m 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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