MINI unveils John Cooper Works GP with 306 horsepower

The GP is the fastest MINI to ever leave the factory.

MINI has revealed the John Cooper Works GP, the most powerful and fastest model the company has ever produced.

The GP's four-cylinder turbocharged engine has been tuned to deliver 306 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, a jump of 75 ponies over the standard John Cooper Works model. Engineers have also added a new oil supply system and cooling design to maximize performance, along with a modified exhaust that provides a more powerful sounds.

With an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and mechanical front differential lock, the extra oomph motivates the hatchback to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds. The company has imposed no electronic limit for a natural top speed of 165 mph.

The GP also features a slightly lower ride height, high-performance brakes, and a more rigid body structure. The special-edition model is also easily identified by its unique body work, including carbon flared wheel-arch covers and a roof spoiler with a double-wing contour.

The company took the track-focused variant to the Nurburgring and lapped the Green Hell in less than eight minutes, shaving 30 seconds off the best time of its direct predecessor.

Only 3,000 units will be manufactured with deliveries expected to begin by March 2020.

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