MINI John Cooper Works GP 

  • $36k built in England
  • 2013
  • 208 HP 1.6L
  • 139 mph
The soundtrack is a mix of mechanical roar and turbo hisses; not as characterful as the old supercharged GP, but fun nonetheless.
by EVO (Nov, 2012)
The overall driving position is excellent, with good steering wheel extension and pedal spacing for simultaneous rev-matching and braking.
by MotorTrend

Road Tests Real world tests of the MINI John Cooper Works GP

0-60mph

John Cooper Works GP
6.5 s
911 GT3 RSR
3.4 s
Nissan 350Z
5.2 s

Top speed

John Cooper Works GP
139 mph
911 GT3 RSR
193 mph
Focus RS
163 mph

0-100mph

John Cooper Works GP
17 s
Focus RS
13 s
Nissan 350Z
13.8 s

1/4 mile

John Cooper Works GP
15.5 s
911 GT3 RSR
11.6 s
Cooper S S
17.79 s

Data points Key details of the MINI John Cooper Works GP

Price

John Cooper Works GP
$36k
911 GT3 RSR
$652k
Golf GTI
$24k

Number built

John Cooper Works GP
2,000 cars
Golf GTI
n.d.

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What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Handling

It is a front-wheel drive shrimp with four-wheels and cartoonish cues.
by MotorTrend
Credit the 215/40-17 Kumho Ecsta V700 tires, the only non-run-flat tires we’ve ever seen fitted to a Mini (aside from the base Mini 15-inch tire).
by Car and Driver (May, 2013)
TESTED The modern Mini can thank corporate progenitor BMW for its alert steering and agile charms, but the British brand appears to be taking cues from Porsche as well.
by Car and Driver (May, 2013)

Performance

Mini places top speed at 150 mph and the 0 to 62 mph sprint at 6.3 seconds.
by MotorTrend
Acceleration is now estimated at 6.3 seconds to 62 mph (i.e. 100 kmh) and top speed is let out to 150 mph.
by AutoBlog (Nov, 2012)
First, it sounds great with a lovely burble at idle, a small-bore growl winding up to the redline, and assorted pops and bangs on deceleration.
by MotorTrend

Powertrain

A six-speed manual transmission is standard, though Mini will build you one with an automatic if you ask nicely and admit you don't get the GP's point.
by MotorTrend
We didn't miss the optional Aisin six-speed automatic – in our book, it utterly defeats the purpose of JCW models – instead revelling in the heightened driving engagement and enjoyment of the manual.
by AutoBlog (Mar, 2013)
Mini only offers the GP with the same Getrag six-speed manual transmission used in its other models, and it's once again a joy to use here in the hottest JCW.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2013)

Transmission

I was already reminded again why I love this six-speed Getrag manual shifter so damned much.
by AutoBlog (Nov, 2012)
The Getrag transmission's throws are snappy, mechanical, tight; thrust arrives copiously, in a panic almost, once past 4000 rpm.
by MotorTrend
With a price tag of $39,950, the car will cost owners $9000 (roughly 30 percent) more than the standard Mini John Cooper Works.
by MotorTrend

Cornering,steering

On top of that, because the excellent, typically go-kart-like Mini steering is so in tune with exactly what the wheels are doing, hitting a frost heave with one front wheel at speed will result in an instantaneous and unpleasant reaction from the steering wheel.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2013)
It punches through traffic with an eager snarl from the revised exhaust, and the thick, three-spoke steering-wheel rim feels right in your hands, offering a reassuring sense of control as you arc around on-ramps at much higher speeds than you really ought to.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2013)
Like other Minis, the GP has a Sport setting that increases steering effort (without changing the ratio) and sharpens throttle response.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand MINI
Price $36,000
Type of car Production car
Year 2013
City mileage 25 MPG
Highway mileage 31 MPG
Number built 2,000 cars

transmission

Drivetrain Unit Steel
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 3.31:1
  2. 2: 2.13:1
  3. 3: 1.48:1
  4. 4: 1.14:1
  5. 5: 0.95:1
  6. 6: 0.82:1
Axle ratio 3.65:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,622 lb
Width 66.3 in
Height 55.4 in
Length 146.2 in
Front track width 57.2 in
Wheelbase 108.9 in

road tests

Top speed 139 mph
1/4 mile 15.5 s
0-60mph 6.5 s
0-100mph 17 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 12.61 lb/hp
Maximum hp 208 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 207 ft-lb @ 1,900 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 1,598 cc
Fuels Gas
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves
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