Unveiled alongside the most environmentally friendly MINI ever, is the MINI John Cooper Works GP, a track-focused hot hatch.
Only 10 units of the Oxford-assembled model, out of the 3,000 units worldwide, will be made available to the Malaysian market, priced at RM 377,470 (OTR without insurance and 50% SST) each – that's RM 75,000 more than a standard JCW 3 door hatch.
Headline figures for the JCW GP is a reworked B48 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine now pushing 306 PS and 450 Nm of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is tasked to transfer power to the front wheels.
Century sprint is dispatched in 5.2 seconds onwards to a top speed of 265 km/h. As a comparison, the Renault Megane R.S Trophy-R (300 PS/420 Nm) does it in 5.4 seconds while a Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport (265 PS/350 Nm) does it in 6.3 seconds.
Unlike the rest of the MINI range, the JCW GP only has 2 drive modes – Sports and GP. The former is the default drive mode while GP mode disables the stability and traction control for more action around the bends.
There is no mistaking the JCW GP for a regular JCW with its flared wheel arches front and rear, Chilli Red roof spoiler, 18-inch lightweight forged wheels and its exclusive Racing Grey metallic paintwork.
Inside, the rear seats have been removed to make space for the Chilli Red painted aluminium cross-brace.
Other interior bits found in the JCW GP include a 5.0-inch LCD instrument cluster, JCW sports seats with silver pinstripes, red seatbelts, metal centre marking for the JCW steering wheel, honeycomb finish on the paddle shifter surfaces and a production unit number the passenger side interior trim.
However, you can still indulge in some creature comforts in the JCW GP with the 8.8-inch MINI Visual Boost touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, 11-colour ambient lighting and keyless entry/start.