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2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP to Make Grand Prix Entrance in L.A.

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Mini’s hottest hatch has been spotted by spy photographers for a while, and now it’s official: The Mini John Cooper Works GP will debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show before a limited production run of 3,000 will be sold globally. For those buyers lucky enough to get their hands on one in the U.S., the John Cooper Works GP will be priced at $45,750 (including an $850 destination fee).

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When it debuts, we’ll have more specific details, but beyond the price, here’s the key detail: This Mini has 301 horsepower. From the factory. That pits the John Cooper Works GP against one of our favorite cars, the 306-hp Honda Civic Type R, as well as the current-generation, 288-hp Volkswagen Golf R (the upcoming eighth-gen Golf R may break the 300-hp barrier).

Mini calls the John Cooper Works GP its “fastest-ever-produced model” and says that the prototype lapped the Nurburgring in less than 8 minutes — very impressive for a car with front-wheel drive. Other tweaks include bigger air intakes, suspension and chassis updates, lighter alloy wheels and aerodynamic upgrades like the gigantic rear spoiler.

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Full details will be revealed at the L.A. show. Mini anticipates the John Cooper Works GP will arrive in U.S. dealerships in mid-2020.

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