MINI John Cooper Works GP Makes US Debut: 2012 LA Auto Show

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

As expected, the MINI John Cooper Works GP has made its American debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show today.

Boasting a turbocharged 1.6-liter powerplant with 218 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, the MINI JCW GP packs quite the punch in a little package. It’s already turned in an impressive lap time on the Nurburgring at 8 minutes, 23 seconds and some lucky buyers will be able to get their hands on one in America.

It isn’t just all about what’s under the hood of the MINI JCW GP though, the British automaker has placed an emphasis on the vehicle’s handling in addition to its aerodynamics with a new front spoiler, front bumper, and rear diffuser. An adjustable coilover suspension also allows enthusiasts to lower the vehicle by .79 inches.

MINI will only be producing 2,000 units of its John Cooper Works GP model, making it quite limited.

GALLERY: MINI John Cooper Works GP

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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