While MINI is putting the finishing touches on the R56 based GP set to be released at MINI United this May, we’ve now confirmed that there are plans for a second Coupe based GP the following year. We’ve known about the existence of the Coupe GP for some time but until today, there was no visual confirmation. Car and Driver has just published spy photos which not only confirm the car but also show that it’s being developed alongside the R56 version to be released later this year.

Our expectation (based on sources and a solid hunch) is that the Coupe GP will be released sometime during the 2013 calendar year and will feature the same up-rated engine and JCW suspension found on the R56 version. Differences? We could see the Coupe feature the fixed wing from the JCW accessories which may allow the car to lose a few additional pounds.

We expect the Coupe to be revealed late this year or early next. In the meantime watch for our coverage of the R56 GP unveiling at MINI United May 11th.