Mini has revealed its sportiest model yet, the John Cooper Works GP II, which will go on sale later this year in a limited run of just 2,000 units.
Featuring an extensive amount of motorsport technology, the new model is set to become the fastest and nimblest Mini produced yet.
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Although Mini has yet to actually reveal the power output or performance for the GP II, the engine will be a 1.6-litre turbo that's expected to produce more than the 216bhp found in the first Mini GP.
This should allow the GP II to surpass the standard John Cooper Works hatchback, which covers the 0-62mph sprint in 6.5 seconds and hits a top speed of 149mph.
To improve aerodynamics the GP II also gains some unique exterior features, including stockier front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a roof spoiler. Underneath the hatchback now also sports a bespoke diffuser. All these inclusions will create extra downforce and improve the car's cornering abilities.
Benefitting handling further, the car also features stiffer suspension and stickier tyres than normal and the brakes have been strengthened to cut down the stopping distance.
Inside the GP II's cabin, a pair of sports seats occupies the front row whilst the rear seats have been removed to save weight.
More details on the Mini John Cooper Works GP II could be revealed during the 2012 Paris Motor Show this September. Reports estimate that pricing for the new hatchback will be set at around £25,000.