Mini has unveiled its fastest production car, the John Cooper Works GP edition.
Although BMW's iconic British brand has yet to reveal specific performance details for the track-focused two-seater, the company claims it has lapped Germany's gruelling Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in 8 minutes 23 seconds during its development – some 19 seconds quicker than the regular Mini JCW version.
Claimed to be the "sportiest road-registered Mini ever made" the JCW GP edition will be limited to 2000 units globally with pricing yet to be confirmed.
Expect it to be positioned well above the regular John Cooper Works model when it arrives early next year, the car is likely to have a price tag of about $70,000 and more power than the 155kW and 260Nm of torque that the JCW version gets from its 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Enthusiasts can also expect a 0-100kmh sprint time of less than the JCW's 6.5 seconds.
The JCW GP edition is fitted with adjustable race suspension, a competition-spec braking system as well as 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels and semi-slick tyres. An aggressive bodykit includes revised aerodynamics, with a reprofiled front-end for less drag, a sealed underside and rear diffuser.
The cabin is distinguished by Recaro sports seats while the rear bench has been removed to reduce weight (to less than 1140 kilograms) and allow the fitment of a roll cage, similar to its predecessor, the Mini Cooper S JCW GP Kit.