Works on the third-generation MINI John Cooper Works GP is well underway, according to a report by Autocar UK. Past two generations of the hardcore MINI have done exceedingly well and were both sold in limited numbers.

The previous JCW GP (commonly referred to as GP2) introduced in 2013 had its rear bench stripped out in favour of a thick strut brace. Other modifications include adjustable coil over suspension with unique geometry setup, six piston Brembo front callipers, Recaro sports seats and a slight increase in compression ratio for power gains. The GP2 was exclusively sold with a six-speed manual transmission, and just 2,000 units were ever made.

We can expect similar mods to the new JCW GP, but with much more power extracted from the 2.0-litre four-cylinder BMW engine. Although, the wait may take a little while…

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Matthew H. Tong
A straightforward, fun-loving guy who appreciates the superficiality of a car's appeal, but his admiration for anything on four wheels gives him no reason to neglect the makings of a car. He still believes that fun comes with three pedals and a stick.