As a last hurrah of the 2006 Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works before undergoing a full redesign, Mini made a little-known version called the GP that lightened the hatchback, upped the horsepower ever-s0-slightly, and infused it with a better suspension and tires.
The results were dramatic, with the car’s performance vastly better than the already sporty Mini Cooper JCW.
As it turns out, though, Mini’s in the giving mood these days, too, and plans to provide the same sorts of upgrades to the current model, as announced by the brand yesterday ahead of the 2012 New York Auto Show. The new model, appropriately called Mini GP II for the sake of brevity, should have more oomph than the current Mini Cooper JCW’s 208 horsepower coming from its 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Other tweaks will come to the suspension and tires, and it may get a special paint job like the last Mini Cooper GP edition.
Mini says the new Cooper GP II will debut at next month’s Mini United owners gathering at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, a race track in France. As only 415 of the Mini Cooper GP models made their way to the U.S. back in 2006, we think it may be in your best interest to head to your local Mini dealership now and get your name on the ordering list if you have any intention of purchasing the hot hatch.