The BMW board member in charge of Mini has revealed that the brand is likely to launch a high-performance JCW GP version of its third-generation Mini.
The second-generation Mini JCW GP variant arrived back in 2013, and was limited to just 2 000 units, with a mere 30 making it to South Africa. That model featured bespoke suspension, sticky tyres, plenty of race-inspired aero, a distinct lack of rear seats and a smidgen of extra oomph (with a peak of 160 kW).
Autocar asked company boss Peter Schwarzenbauer whether the GP badge would make a comeback on the current-generation Mini, and this was his response:
"I think so. It's an important part of the Mini brand. It has worked well for us in the past and I don't see why not in the future," Schwarzenbauer told the British publication.
Autocar speculates that this hardcore GP hot hatch will likely be added to the range only towards the end of the decade, seeing as it has previously played the role of run-out model for a given generation.
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