The S$201K car is the fastest new production Mini that you can no longer get your hands on
The third-generation Mini John Cooper Works GP, the latest version of the quickest Mini Cooper that you can buy, has arrived in Singapore.
There will be just 3,000 of the new JCW GP cars made worldwide, and Singapore will get only eight of them, making them a relatively unique sight on our roads.
Here’s the thing though, even if you want one now, it’s already too late. All eight of the shipment allotted for Singapore have already been reserved by buyers here.
The price to get into one of them was S$200,888 inclusive of COE. In the grand scheme of things it’s not a lot of car for the money considering the Mini Cooper’s size, but you do get a very unique compact hatchback that has been nearly fully-reworked from the base model Mini Cooper.
The new-gen car is powered by a 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that puts out a massive 306hp, all sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. A mechanical differential lock helps put the power down to the tarmac efficiently, and the car sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds.
It also gains a completely unique interior, a very sporty suspension tune, and heavy-duty sports brakes that have been designed to withstand repeated heavy use, such as when on a race track, without fading.
The first Mini JCW GP of the modern era was launched in 2013, and is often defined as a track-oriented version of the regular Mini John Cooper Works hatchback. Besides being a limited edition model, the Mini JCW GP has gained a reputation as a car that is on the leading edge of hot hatch performance.