The MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works (JCW) GP Kit is the fastest, most powerful production MINI ever. It can reach 100 km/h (62mph) in under 6.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 146mph.
The GP has a power output of 218hp, with a specific power of 136hp per litre, and a maximum torque of 245Nm.
In order to reduce the total mass, the MINI GP weighs approximately 40 kg less than a standard MINI Cooper S. This has been achieved by modifications to the chassis and engineering tweaks. The longitudinal control arms on the rear axle are now made of aluminium and the sound-deadening material has been taken out.
The entire rear seat bench has been removed. In its place is a very neat flat loading area that can be folded up in a Z-arrangement for easy access to two additional storage boxes.
Standard equipment includes: limited slip differential, Dynamic Stability Control, Recaro sports seats in Panther Black leather, single CD, air-conditioning and a multi-function steering wheel.
The car also features JCW sports brakes, JCW sports suspension and exclusive low-profile tyres and 18-inch light-alloy rims.
The special edition will only be available in exclusive metallic paintwork called Thunder Blue combined with a Pure Silver roof and Chili Red door mirrors.
A new aerodynamics package has been added that significantly improves the car’s drag coefficient and downforce on both front and rear axles, enhancing the driving experience at high speeds.
New highlights are the front and rear air dams, the extra low side-sills, and the underfloor cover, as well as a wing-shaped rear spoiler.
This special edition Mini will be built in 2,000 units starting from July 2006. The UK guide price is £22,000 which includes £10,000 worth of additional equipment if specified on a standard MINI Cooper S.