New 2014 John Cooper Works GP Mini Preview

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Nov.2012 5:29am

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2014 Mini John Cooper Works GP
By: Matt Davis

Engine:1.6L Turbo I4Power:211 HP / 207 LB-FTTransmission:6-Speed Manual0-60 Time:6.2 Seconds (62 MPH)Top Speed:150 MPHDrivetrain:Front-Wheel DriveCurb Weight:2,750 LBSSeating:2MPG:NAMSRP:$39,950 (base)

About three weeks prior to this brief yet balls-to-the-wall drive on the Spanish island of Mallorca, I saw that Mini USA announced pricing for the keenly anticipated Mini John Copper Works GP. And that number would be – *a-hem* – $39,950 for starters.

I am always intent upon finding the pinnacle of what a certain car promises me, and almost at any cost. Almost. When I think “steaming hatchback,” I think of something exactly like this Mini GP, and the steep price doesn’t squelch my pleasure. They’re only building 2,000 of them anyway, and the units coming to the US will start arriving in owners’ hands on March 16 of next year. These buyers will be extremely happy and remorse-free.

Five scorched laps at the very Mini-perfect Circuito Mallorca RennArena showed me all.

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