Friday, February 22, 2013
Mini JCW GP
The Mini John Cooper Works GP is the fastest Mini production model ever, and a last hurrah for the current-generation hatch before it's replaced in the autumn.Power comes from a version of the regular JCW's 1.6-litre turbo engine, which has been tweaked to produce 215bhp – a modest 7bhp increase.However, there are more extensive changes elsewhere that are designed to improve handling and responsiveness, including bespoke suspension, tyres and brakes.
What’s the 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP like to drive?
The steering is super-quick, so the GP really darts into bends. True, a Renault Megane Cup's steering provides more feel, but you can wind lock on and off with precision and place the car accurately.That’s assuming the road is nice and smooth, though. Throw in the usual ruts and cambers you can expect to find on a typical British B-road and the front of the car starts to drag you one way then the other.The GP also struggles to put down its power when you accelerate hard out of slow corners, whereas a Renault Megane Cup claws its way out of bends far more effectively.
What’s the 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP like inside?
The dashboard is pure Mini hatch, which means it has a retro design and a rather cluttered and confusing layout.However, bespoke Recaro sports seats hold you tightly in place through corners and Mini has removed the rear seats altogether to help keep the weight down – a bracing strut has been put in their place.The good news is there's a large load area with a couple of handy cubbies in the floor, although there is a step in the middle of it and there's no load cover.