Mini’s hottest hatch is coming with big power, and a huge price tag to match

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Mini entered the electric car arena for the first time when it released the Cooper SE, but it's not giving up on old-school, pedal-to-the-floor performance. The John Cooper Works GP concept car unveiled during the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show will enter production as a limited-edition model. It will be worth the wait for those willing to pay serious cash for one.

Mini released images of a fully camouflaged John Cooper Works GP going flat-out on a race track to preview the model. It takes only a quick look at the model to tell it isn't an ordinary Cooper hatchback. This one looks like it has amassed thousands of experience points and evolved, Pokemon-style.

The basic body is reminiscent of the Cooper we know and love, but it wears one of the most aggressive body kits we've ever seen on England's favorite city car. The front end receives a deeper front bumper with three air dams, while designers added fender flares with built-in ducts to channel cooling air to the brakes. The hood scoop hints that something powerful lurks between the front wheels.

The back end is even more extreme than the front. The fender flares match the ones on the front in terms of width, though the fins worn by the show car got lost in the car's transition to production. The back end of the roof panel wears a spoiler the size of a bench in Central Park, while Union Jack tail lamps and a massive emblem on the trunk lid add a finishing touch to the look.

It's proud of its roots, and it's ready to rumble. The widespread use of carbon fiber will keep weight in check. Power will come from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine tuned to send over 300 horsepower to the front wheels via what will most likely be an automatic transmission.

The turbo four will make the JCW GP the fastest and most powerful street-legal car Mini has ever produced. It will be considerably quicker than its two predecessors. Launched in 2006 and 2012, respectively, the two previous John Cooper Works GP-badged models were each a massive hit among enthusiasts and collectors.

The next installment in the series will be no exception, and we're sure it will sell out fast. Production will be limited to 3,000 examples worldwide, and it will make its official debut in November 2019 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Pricing will start at £45,750, according to Autoblog, a figure that makes it one of Mini's most expensive model.

It even costs more high-performance icons like the Volkswagen Golf R (£41,290), the Subaru WRX STi (£37,895), and the Honda Civic Type R (£37,230)

Updated on November 5, 2019: Added the latest on the GP, including pricing.

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