BMW is gave the Cooper S with John Cooper Works (JCW) GP Kit its public debut at the Geneva motor show in Switzerland.
The fastest, most powerful production Mini ever will reach 100km/h in under 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 235km/h. The GP has a power output of 218bhp that’s 136bhp per litre – peak torque of 245Nm.
Only 2000 of this special production model will be built. In the interests of power to weight ratio, the car weighs about 40kg less than a standard Mini Cooper S. The reduction has been achieved by modifications to the chassis and engineering tweaks. The longitudinal control arms on the rear axle are now aluminium and the sound-deadening material has been removed. Also gone is the entire rear seat bench. 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 a 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 wheels. The special edition will only be available in exclusive metallic paintwork called Thunder Blue. It’s 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.
JCW produced its first Mini engine tuning kit in 2003 as an aftermarket option, and more than 10,000 have been sold worldwide since that date. From the end of 2005, the kit became available as an Oxford production line fit and a new aftermarket version was launched for the Mini Cooper S with automatic transmission.