A Short Take Road Test of our favorite red-mirrored MINI.

>The Mini GP—let’s call it that, it’s much less of a mouthful—is the highest-performing Mini for sale, with a revised Eaton blower, a less restrictive intercooler, recalibrated engine management, high-volume injector nozzles, and a freer-flowing exhaust system. The various mods bump power output to 215 horsepower at 7100 rpm and help propel the Mini to a 145-mph top-speed.

>Throttle response and sheer thrust certainly feels healthy, with a determined burst of acceleration available from the moment the supercharger whine cuts in to the point when the car’s red tach needle meets the 7000-rpm redline on the steering-column-mounted gauge.

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