fun item or collector's item?
The Mini John Cooper Works GP is the most powerful three-door Mini of all time – and at CHF 52,900 it is also the most expensive.
Mini John Cooper Works GP.
“The world is out of joint,” one would say in one of the best-known Swiss radio plays: a Mini with 306 hp.
A small car with a stated top speed of 265 km/h. A three-door for 52,900 francs, practically devoid of any utility. The Mini John Cooper Works GP is deliberately a car that nobody needs – and only 3000 customers (100 of them in Switzerland) will get it.
The limited special model draws attention to itself with large air intakes, massive wheel arch extensions made of carbon and a thick rear wing. Show only for those who want to keep the limited edition Mini in their garage as a collector's item, or real race car technology for the road for fans planning occasional trips to the race track?
A question that cannot be answered definitively even after the first test drive – because the "GP" is caught exactly between these extremes: Purists would like a more radical interior with real bucket seats. Less weight than the 1255kg the small car tips the scales (70kg less than the base) and presumably also a manual gearbox instead of the 8-speed automatic.
Mini John Cooper Works GP
For many people, however, the little one with its rock-hard chassis, the front axle differential lock and the sporty semi-slick tires is probably too radical for driving fun on the road.
For Mini fans, the latest hardcore Mini is still a hit: It feels as compact as a Mini should, offers a lot of grip on dry roads and can be moved quickly and easily; preferably on a closed track. Because as soon as the tires are up to temperature, the dwarf puts its power onto the asphalt without hesitation and shifts through the gears in no time at all. Some sports car drivers have to make an effort if they don't just want to see the large rear wing of the small car.
Small car, big fun Small car on the outside, rally car on the inside: The Toyota GR Yaris is the street version of the World Rally Championship racer….
through difficult terrain Aston Martin is launching its first SUV, the DBX. This plays an important role. New and yet familiar: the DBX is Aston Martin’s…
High pressure is a tradition The Turbo is the top model of the Porsche 911 series. A look back at the year 2000 shows how rapidly the development is…
BMW 5 Series Those declared dead live longer Plug-in hybrids and electric drives are in fashion – the diesel is almost forgotten. The 6-cylinder in the…
More than just charming? The Fiat 500 with the new mild hybrid drive in the test. What does the 12-volt hybrid system bring in everyday life? Fiat 500…
With power, charm and dynamism The first Mini with an electric drive in the test: Does the Mini also work with electricity?? Mini Cooper SE Whoever buys…
racing On the move like the champions The Emil Frey Racing Team is fighting for victory at the 24-hour race in Spa at the weekend. We tested his car in…
From the kit After the VW models ID.3 and ID.4, Skoda can now also use the e-car platform from the VW Group. The Enyaq in the first test. The Enyaq fallt…
automobile Yaris for big city safaris As the Yaris Cross, the small car becomes a compact city SUV – including hybrid drive and 4×4. Toyota Yaris Cross…
automobile SUV or station wagon? Both! The VW Passat Alltrack in the test: Good for crossing an SUV and station wagon? VW Passat Alltrack Even if the…