Fastest ever Mini to make its debut next week
With more reported sightings at the Nürburgring than a Porsche 911 GT3RS, there’s not much we haven’t seen of the forthcoming Mini John Cooper Works GP. That isn’t stopping the BMW-owned company from making a show of its first official unveiling though.
It’s recently been announced that the supposed fastest Mini ever made will have its moment in the spotlight in just a week from now at the 2019 LA Auto Show. Alongside the monster powered by rotten dinosaur, the all-electric Mini Cooper SE will also be shown off for the first time in North America.
Apart from the obvious styling similarities, the two models couldn’t be more different. Where the Cooper Works variant gets its 301hp from a turbocharged four pot, the SE has a more relaxed, but still respectable 181hp. Of course, the SE’s power doesn’t directly come at the cost of Holland being submerged though.
Another eye-catching difference has to be the price between the two cars. Usually, electric technology would bump the EV’s price above that of a more powerful combustion model. However, in this case, Mini has managed to keep the price of its first EV under £25,000. The same can’t be said for the sporty edition which will make a much larger impact on your bank account costing £34,995.
With a Nürburgring lap time of 7:59.7, the John Cooper Works GP has definitely deserved the ‘fastest ever mini’ badge. In fact, that puts it nearly half a minute ahead of the previous iteration of the car.
When the second fastest front-wheel drive car to attempt the Green Hell eventually goes on sale in 2020, just 3,000 examples of the car will be made. With so few numbers and the fact that it could well be the final petrol-powered sporty Mini, there’s a chance it could become a modern classic and actually be worth something in a few years’ time.