Latest Mini John Cooper Works GP is a radical-looking concept auto

Latest Mini John Cooper Works GP is a radical-looking concept auto

Lindsey Duncan
September 7, 2017

This concept has much more outrageous body work than any previous GP Mini. MINI driving modes, a performance control function, comfort access and a sports leather steering are met with an eight-speed automatic transmission with gearshift paddles under the skin.

However, while The Mini Electric Concept has been designed with emissions-free urban driving in mind, the only thing it has in common with its conceptual companion is the Union Jack flag-inspired tail lamp design.

The vehicle is significantly wider than the current Mini with large front and rear aprons along with side skirts and a roof spoiler. It's also likely that some of the Concept's more extreme design elements will be toned down before the next John Cooper Works GP reaches the showroom.

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Ahead of the driver, a head-up display shares information duty with the digital instrument cluster, while the MINI "central instrument" is home to a large-screen display with one-touch adjustment of the GP's suspension settings.

Adrian van Hooydonk, senior VP of BMW Group Design says the aggressive styling of the concept is important in conjuring the ideas of Mini's sporting heritiage. Nestling within an elaborately sculpted roll cage is a pair of bucket seats, mounted low and fitted with five-point seatbelts. There are a few trademark Mini toggle switches and a large (and slightly worrying) emergency cut-off button to provide some analogue relief. The auto uses carbon fiber to help the power to weight ratio and has an "evenly balanced weight distribution" for handling performance and the go-kart feel Mini is famous for. In keeping with tradition, this would make the new John Cooper Works GP, the most powerful Mini hatchback yet. Nothing is official just yet, though insiders suggest the N48 designated unit could receive the same state of tune as it does in the BMW 330i, which offers 185kW and 350Nm of torque.

Today, Mini strives to make cars that are stylish, fun and functional, priced somewhere between high-end mainstream and low-cost luxury.

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