MINI John Cooper Works GP ready to play at RM378K

By JAY WONG | 26 August 2020

PETALING JAYA: In a surprise launch, MINI Malaysia has expanded its Cooper S offering with the introduction of a high-powered variant - meet the John Cooper Works GP.

Launched alongside the all-electric MINI Cooper SE, the performance-oriented John Cooper Works GP (JCW GP) has been priced at RM377,471 on-the-road without insurance (with Sales Tax Exemption) and has just 10 units available - but all have been spoken for.

The high-powered MINI is covered by a four-year unlimited mileage warranty which includes Free Scheduled Service and a five-year Roadside Assistance programme (1800-88-8808).

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This is further enhanced by the inclusion of Free Towing Services, Replacement Vehicle and Seamless Mobility, Accommodation, Mobility Services Solutions and Repatriation services as well as an Accident and Help on the Phone and On the Spot Hotline that's available around the clock.

With the Balloon Financing programme from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia, lucky new owners who have opted for this will be paying RM4,184 per month, based on an 80% loan over a five-year tenure.

Also, like all MINI owners, they will also be able to make a service appointment via the company's new online service programme at their preferred MINI Authorised Dealerships via

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This MINI comes exclusively dressed in Racing Grey Metallic while rolling on 18-inch JCW GP two-tone wheels fitted with 225/35 series performance tyres (naturally).

Power for the front wheels comes from a 2.0-litre (1,998cc) turbocharged engine with GP-mode, start-stop functionality and produces a potent 305hp from 5,000 to 6,250rpm and 450Nm of torque from 1,750 to 4,500rpm.

An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters sends its "twist" to the Torsen mechanical Limited Slip Differential (LSD) for processing.

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The LSD then distributes power between the front wheels - allowing this MINI to launch from 0 to 100kph in 5.2 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 265kph.

The new JCW GP's suspension has been stiffened and the engine further honed during an intensive test programme that took place on the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife as well as other race tracks.

To add more agility, the JCW GP's front and rear track widths were widened and the body lowered by a further 10mm compared to the non-GP John Cooper Works variant.

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There's a host of GP-stamped goodies that include the 90mm stainless steel central twin-exhaust system as well as the aerodynamic kit, engine cover and rear roof spoiler.

Although the roof and mirror caps are painted Melting Silver while the performance John Cooper Works sports brake callipers are coloured red, the main eye-catching elements are the Side Stripes in matching body colour, the numbered Carbon Fibre side fenders and the front grille insert with a Chili Red upper mesh inlet - all bearing the GP logo.

Adding to the list of goodies are the automatic wipers and bulbed rear fog lights while it's still LEDs for the automatic headlights, daytime running lights and Union Jack-design taillights.

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Climb inside and you will notice the two-seater cabin is fitted with red seat belts and JCW GP-specific Dinamica leather in Carbon Black upholstery while the dashboard is embossed with a GP number series.

This also includes GP-specific scuff plates, velour floor mats and the 5.5-inch digital multifunction instrument display.

For added convenience, there's also automatic dual-zone climate controls, adaptive cruise control, an electronic gear-shifter and an interactive LED ring on the central instrument display.

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Other accoutrements include the front driver and passenger John Cooper Works sport seats, stainless steel pedals, keyless entry system with Start/Stop button, wireless charger and a multifunction sports steering wheel wrapped in Walknappa.

An 8.8-inch MINI Visual Boost LCD touchscreen display provides the owner with connectivity options that include a USB port, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and navigation. No reverse camera has been included.

The JCW GP is fitted with six airbags, anti-lock braking system and Pull-away Assistant, Dynamic Stability Control with Automatic Stability Control and Traction, Dynamic Traction Control with Electronic Differential Lock Control, Tyre Repair Kit, Tiredness Warning and a Load Protection Bar.

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