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Fastest MINI ever coming to Canada

Limited-edition John Cooper Works GP model revealed at MINI United Festival

Published: May 16, 2012, 9:00 AM

What's billed as the sportiest road-registered MINI ever made will go on sale later this year in a limited run of 2,000 cars worldwide. And some of them are coming to Canada.

The new John Cooper Works GP made its debut last weekend at the 2012 MINI United Festival in Le Castellet, France, which was attended by 30,000 MNI enthusiasts from almost 50 countries.

The new pocket rocket is currently completing pre-production testing, which included running an 8 minute- 23 second lap of the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. In doing so, the John Cooper Works beaten the lap time set by its predecessor, the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit, by almost 19 seconds.

Although BMW hasn't provided much detail about its exclusive powertrain, it is known that it will feature a twin-scroll turbocharged engine. Powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics technology are all said to be inspired directly by motorsport.

Visually, large front and rear aprons, side skirts and a distinctive roof spoiler are complemented by a newly developed rear diffuser which optimises airflow around the underbody.

Further emulating a racecar on the inside, the MINI John Cooper Works GP has no rear seat.

Production will began this fall but, while BMW Canada has confirmed that some of these fastest-MINIs-ever will be available here, exact numbers and pricing are as yet unspecified.

It promises to be a ride!