The car holds only two seats, giving up the back seats of its predecessor for speed and rigidity’s sake. In turn, the car is 55kg lighter and, twinned with adjustments Mini have made to the suspension, we should have a more easily-handled and agile car. Points we here at Carhoots.com think can only be good things. The engine itself manages a respectable 218hp- not exactly a supercar, but not to be scoffed at either.
The car’s improvements from the previous model are seemingly minor, such as it dropping its 0-62mph time from 6.5 to 6.3 seconds. It’s upped its top speed, too, up to an impressive 150mph. On the other hand, the JCW GP is an altogether sportier affair, with colourful accents and streaks adding to its look. Still, not a scratch on the original iconic Mini.
We have some bad news for our UK readers, though: a mere 200 will be released on these shores, the rest allocated to sunnier climes. At £28,790, it’s not exactly a steal, but it’s not too steep a price for the ubiquitous design loveliness Mini affords its fans.
By CL English.