136.25 hp per liter
(from MINI Press
Sometimes less is more. For example when it comes to less weight in
a particularly sporting car. Which explains why the MINI Cooper S
with the John Cooper Works GP Kit is approximately 50 kilos or 110
lb lighter than the “standard” model. Together with an increase in
engine power to 160 kW/218 hp for top speed of 235 km/h or 146 mph,
this strictly limited special model offers a standard of
performance once again significantly better than the performance
data of the most powerful MINI available from the factory so far,
the MINI Cooper S with its John Cooper Works GP Tuning Kit.
The two letters “GP” in the name of this very special model stand
“Grand Prix” and thus clearly pay tribute to the motorsport DNA of
this truly exceptional MINI. The MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper
Works GP Kit
will be limited to a production run of exactly 2,000 units and will
in Europe as of July 2006.
1.6-litre compressor engine developing 160 kW/218 hp.
The unique MINI CHALLENGE Racing Series has been thrilling
enthusiasts and racing fans in Germany and many other countries
the world over
since 2004. The MINI racing cars entered in these exciting events
feature the 1.6-litre compressor engine of the MINI Cooper S boosted
to an even higher level of output by the John Cooper Works Tuning
Kit. In the production
model available from every MINI Sales Partner and naturally covered
by the full works warranty, the John Cooper Works Tuning Kit
increases engine output to an impressive 154 kW/210 hp.
Modifications to the intercooler on the compressor and the
electronic engine management increase engine output on the MINI
Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit to 160 kW/218 hp clearly
symbolised by the throaty sound of the twin-pipe sports exhaust.
With this kind of extra power, the fast-revving engine featured in
MINI Cooper S boosted by the John Cooper Works GP Kit offers even
more dynamic and agile performance with acceleration from a
standstill to 100 km/h in less than 6.5 seconds. And to get this
extra power safely on to the road,
the Limited Edition MINI comes as standard with a limited-slip
differential largely preventing the drive wheels from spinning on
either side and thus optimising traction above all on slippery
roads. DSC Dynamic Stability Control comes as a non-cost option,
further increasing the driving safety of the
MINI Cooper S with its John Cooper Works GP Kit.
High-performance brake system and sports suspension from John Cooper
An essential feature of the John Cooper Works GP Kit is the sports
suspension with components carefully matched to the greater power of
the engine. Even firmer springs and stronger dampers enhance the
outstanding agility of the MINI Cooper S with its John Cooper Works
GP Kit particularly
in bends and on winding roads.
The high-performance brake system with 16-inch inner-vented discs,
in turn, ensures optimum deceleration and short stopping distances,
red-painted brake callipers on the front wheels providing a
particularly visual highlight.
Low-profile tyres and 18-inch light-alloy rims developed especially
MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit are further standard
features. Through their lower weight, these wheels reduce the car’s
unsprung masses and at the same time enhance the sporting
performance of the
MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit.
Special aerodynamic package and exclusive colour scheme.
The MINI Cooper S with its John Cooper Works GP Kit also features
an exclusive Aerodynamics Package. New highlights are the front and
rear air dams, the extra-low side-sills, and the underfloor cover.
The roof spoiler
with its wing profile, in turn, is already featured in a similar
configuration on some of the cars raced in the MINI CHALLENGE.
The Aerodynamics Package significantly improves the car’s drag
coefficient and downforces both front and rear, benefiting both the
top speed of the
MINI Cooper S and its driving behaviour at high speeds.
The new MINI Cooper S with its John Cooper Works GP Kit stands out
clearly from all other MINIs at very first sight through its
exclusive metallic paintwork in Thunder Blue. Another exclusive
feature is the combination of this highly attractive colour with the
roof finished in Pure Silver. The surrounds on the air scoops along
the engine compartment lid and in the front air dam are
also finished in Pure Silver, while white direction indicators come
The exterior mirrors, in turn, come in an attractive contrasting
colour - fiery Chili Red.
The first production MINI with only two seats.
The purist interior of the MINI Cooper S with its John Cooper Works
GP Kit exudes more than just a “touch” of motorsport. But at the
same time driving and riding in the new model is not only more
sporting and dynamic, but
also more comfortable, both the driver and passenger enjoying sports
from Recaro, the renowned German specialist, offering perfect side
support, adjustable thigh support and integrated seat heating. The
seats themselves are finished in finest Panther Black leather, with
red seams again providing a dynamic and sporting contrast.
The special three-spoke leather sports steering wheel enhances the
driving pleasure offered by the MINI Cooper S with its John Cooper
Works GP Kit to an even higher standard. The direct steering
transmission ratio, in turn, enables the driver to steer this
exceptional MINI with ultimate precision round every bend, almost
like in a go-kart. Integrated multi-function buttons, in turn,
allow the driver to operate the radio and cruise control without
even taking his or her hands off the wheel.
Through its particular design with the rev counter positioned behind
the steering wheel and the central arrangement of the speedometer,
the dashboard again underlines the sporting character of the car.
Both displays in their classic circular design come in Anthracite,
with red needles ensuring excellent clarity and readability. The
display of the on-board computer featured as standard, finally, is
integrated in the rev counter.
The principle that “less is sometimes more” is also borne out
clearly at the rear, with the entire rear seat bench being dropped
in the interest of weight reduction. So the space formerly taken up
by the rear seats is now available as a flat loading area further
enhancing the practical value of the MINI Cooper S with its John
Cooper Works GP Kit. And for even greater convenience, the entire
floor of the luggage compartment can be folded up in Z-arrangement
for easy access to two additional storage boxes.
In the interest of even lower weight, the engineers responsible for
developing this outstanding new model have taken a close and
detailed look also at
the technical features of this very special sporting MINI: On the
rear axle track control arms made of aluminium replace the
conventional units - again
a special feature carried over from motorsport. Further
modifications on the body of the car as well as the omission of air
conditioning (which is however available as a no-cost option) and of
some of the sound-deadening material all come together to reduce the
overall weight of the car by approximately 50 kilos or 110 lb versus
a MINI Cooper S with an average range of equipment, thus optimising
the car's power-to-weight ratio.
Wide range of standard equipment.
The wide range of standard equipment boasted by this particularly
sporting special version of the MINI leaves virtually nothing to be
from the special components of the John Cooper Works GP Kit (power
unit, suspension, Aerodynamics Package), this special model also
comes as standard with an on-board computer, air conditioning
(no-cost option) and velours footmats. Leather sports seats by
Recaro, a radiator complete with CD player (Boost model), the
leather sports steering wheel with multi-function buttons, a Lights
Package as well as sundim glazing on the rear side windows and the
rear window are all standard. Electronic DSC Dynamic Stability
Control is available as a non-cost option.
Again reflecting the special features of a Limited Edition
collector’s item, the MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP
Kit comes with an
individual production number (1-2,000). And boasted on both the roof
and the dashboard in Black on Silver, this number clearly confirms
once and forever that this MINI is limited to just a small
collection of very special cars for the very special customer.