MINI GP - they've found some more...



Just 2000 MINI GPs were built for the worldwide market. The two-seater packs a 218 bhp supercharged motor and tops out at 146 mph so a sell-out was inevitable but the good news for British fans is - they've found 10 more to add to the original allocation of 444.

The MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit was announced in October 2005, and such has been the demand for the fastest, most powerful production MINI yet, that MINI UK has been negotiating with other countries and has managed to snatch 15 more of the prized models. Only 10 of these extra models remain today. America, Germany and Switzerland have also been eager to increase their share of the elite 2000 cars.

MINI will present the first MINI GP – numbered 0001 on the roof – at the 2006 British International Motor Show in just over a month at London’s Docklands.

The two-seater MINI GP – available in exclusive Thunder Blue metallic paintwork with Pure Silver roof – gives a power output of around 218 bhp and weighs approximately 40 kilos less than a standard MINI Cooper S. The GP reaches 62mph in under 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 146mph.

With a specification that includes JCW 18" alloy wheels, Dynamic Stability Control, multi-function steering wheel, air-conditioning and Recaro sports seats – worth a total of £10,000 – the GP is priced at £22,000.

Text - Classic Driver
Photos - MINI


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