The 2013 model year marks the last year of the Mini Cooper hatchback as we know it before it undergoes a full redesign. Much as the case with the previous generation car, Mini has produced a special edition of its little hatchback with a little more and a lot less than standard version. Called the 2013 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works GP, the car gains a little bit of power and loses a whole lot of weight.
Making its first wide-scale debut at this month’s Paris Motor Show, the 2013 Mini Cooper JCW GP comes powered by an extensively modified turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, it yields a modest 10-horsepower improvement over the regular JCW car, 218 horsepower total. But it has plenty more usable midrange power.
That comes in handy on a racetrack, where Mini has parlayed most of its energy to get the most out of the JCW GP. In getting its new model ready, Mini ditched the rear bench to save weight and added a rear brace and parcel divider to make sure the driver’s groceries don’t go sliding up into the seatbacks in hard corners. Mini also added extra-strong brakes, an adjustable racing-style coilover suspension, JCW-exclusive 17-inch, four-spoke wheels with larger, more aggressive tires, and revised body accents to reduce aerodynamic drag and help with downforce. Because of the body kit, Mini says the GP is actually more fuel-efficient than some other less-powerful Cooper S models on the highway. Thank you, Sir Isaac Newton.
In addition, Mini has carved out the wheel wells to better accommodate racing tires and added a sport button with different driving modes—a mainstay on parent company BMW’s cars, but rare in a Mini. Along with all the new features come standard xenon headlights, foglamps, deeper window tinting, and suede- and leather-upholstered bucket seats.
As Mini models go, the standard 2013 Mini Cooper JCW starts at $31,500, including $700 for destination and handling. While pricing hasn’t yet been announced for this model, we expect this car might touch $40,000—a lot for such a small car.
But as limited editions go, Mini is planning to produce just 2,000 Mini Cooper JCW GPs for the world. If you want one, get in line quickly, as they’re bound to sell out before hitting showrooms towards the end of this year.