Mini’s new subcompact to claim market leadership with 300+ hp under the hood
Car manufacturers who wish to enter the ‘compact hot hatch’ section of the market these days generally choose to learn from the examples set by Volkswagen, Ford, and Renault. The abovementioned brands have saturated the niche by such models as the Polo GTI, Fiesta ST, or Clio RS. You may notice, however, that none of these offers more than 200 horsepower (150 kilowatts) of engine power. This is exactly what Mini intends to change with its upcoming killer subcompact.
At the annual International Motor Show opening in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 12, 2019, the British carmaker will introduce the new Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) GP. Armed with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine capable of 300+ hp (224+ kW) straight off the assembly line, the newcomer will claim the pedestal as the most powerful compact hatchback out there, as well as Mini’s strongest model to date.
The car will inherit a number of design traits from the JCW GP Concept. Compared to the others, it will sport a well-balanced aerodynamic kit, an original radiator grille, a large rear wing, and an aggressive-looking rear diffuser.
The company intends to produce 3,000 Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) GP vehicles. Prices remain unknown.
Reporter Artem Sukhanov