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MINI Hatchback 2.0 [178] Cooper S Exclusive II 3dr Auto Petrol Hatchback

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  • 3 Years Insurance
  • 3 Years Servicing
  • 3 Years Tax
  • 3 Years Warranty
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Fuel: Petrol

Body: Hatchback
Trans: Automatic

Electric front+rear windows, DSC - Dynamic Stability Control, Mini E-call, MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green), Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation...

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Combined - 0 mpg EC Extra Urban - 0 mpg EC Urban - 0.

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Ten Second Review

Hold on tight: this is the most extreme MINI ever. This John Cooper Works GP model is a present that MINI promised itself for its 60th birthday and it's intended for a very select audience of brand enthusiasts.


If you know your fast MINIs, this is one to savour. Welcome to the third generation MINI John Cooper Works GP. The fastest car the brand has ever made. John Cooper would have loved this, a car that's bold, irreverent and politically incorrect, the kind of tonic we all need just right now. The idea of an uber-fast version of the already rather quick MINI Hatch John Cooper Works 3-door shopping rocket is nothing new. The very first JCW GP model was launched in 2006 with a supercharged 1.6-litre engine offering to 218hp. Six years later, a second generation JCW GP was made available for an equally limited production run with a turbocharged 1.6, also putting out 218hp. Both these variants signalled the impending end of that generation MINI Hatch's production run, as did this 'F56'-series third generation JCW GP model at its launch in early 2020. Only 3,000 will be made, with just 575 of those reserved for UK customers. And here, I'm going to test one of them.

Driving Experience

No MINI has ever been faster, the 62mph sprint dispatched in just 5.2s, though you'd hope for that given that this is the largest, most powerful engine ever shoehorned beneath the clamshell bonnet of a MINI Hatch. Unlike the 1.6-litre units used in the previous two MINI GP models, this one's 2.0-litres in size, offering a 306hp output. You have to have an 8-speed paddleshift auto gearbox - something that might trouble the kind of audience this wild MINI is aimed at. There's no 4WD system either, something you might think this defiantly front-driven MINI might need when you stamp on the throttle from rest - or even in the mid-range - and find the front scrabbling desperately for traction and sometimes even orientation. Yet at the same time, you feel that this is all somehow an integral part of the extreme fairground ride this uber-MINI wants to take you on. It helps that the whole performance is accompanied by various evocative exhaust crackles from the huge 19mm-diameter tail pipes during throttle lifts and downshifts. And that some semblance of control, particularly in the wet, is maintained by the standard mechanical differential lock and the dynamic stability control system. Tame it all and simply astonishing point-to-point times over secondary roads are possible. The body structure, chassis and driveline of the standard MINI Hatch JCW had to be practically re-invented for this GP version. There's a new engine mount, a stouter front tower strut brace and a beefier rectangular support for the rear suspension. The brakes are brilliant too, with 360mm discs gripped by four-piston calipers at the front. Handling changes include special camber rates, a wider track, stiffer anti-roll bars and a greater offset for the bespoke 18-inch forged wheels that come shared with track-style Sport Performance-spec Hankook tyres. Plus the ride height is 10mm lower and the steering is even sharper than it already is on a JCW MINI. Don't worry about having to scroll through different drive modes; this GP model is programmed for 'Sport' only, in which it pulls all the way to the 6,800rpm red line as the gearbox performs its crisp and rapid shifts.

Design and Build

Nothing is subtle about this MINI - certainly not the way it looks. Has the brand ever produced anything with more radical racetrack presence? It's doubtful. The first thing you'll notice of course is the simply enormous GP-branded rear wing, with its subtle lip spoilers and a look apparently inspired by the boxy turbojet housings of the Concorde supersonic aircraft. More subtly altered is the rear valance within the rear bumper, which incorporates centrally-mounted twin tailpipes. At the front, there's a deeper front bumper than the one on an ordinary JCW hatch, with bigger cooling ducts and a more pronounced lower splitter. At the side, you'll note the 10mm lower ride height; and the fact that this is a 3-door - there are no plans for a GP model with the 5-door body shape. In profile, the biggest change its incorporation of the much wider wheel arch extensions needed for this extreme variant's wider track. These extensions are fashioned from the same carbon fibre used in construction of BMW's i3, they carry the car's individual build number and they house 8-inch wide 18-inch forged four-spoke lightweight rims Inside, it's all equally focused. There's two brilliantly supportive front sports bucket seats trimmed in dinamica and leather and fitted with red seat belts. They position you perfectly in front of the grippy three-spoke race-spec wheel which features steering wheel gearshift paddles manufactured using 3D printing. Otherwise, the cockpit's pretty similar to that of a standard JCW Hatch, apart from the adoption of a free-standing 'GP digital display' instrument cluster. Otherwise, apart from a few trimming changes, it's not very much different to an ordinary JCW model, the central infotainment screen being either 6.5 or 8.8-inches in size, depending on spec. As with the two previous generation MINI GP models, the rear bench has been chucked out in the interests of weight saving - as would be the case with a MINI race car. There's just a transverse brace behind the seats finished in 'Chilli Red'. It's actually there to stop luggage sliding forward, but if you want, you can tell your friends it's a roll cage-style structural element. Out back, the boot is just like an ordinary MINI Hatch 3-Door, which means it's pretty small, the primary lower area being just 211-litres in size. Pack light.

Market and Model

If you're fortunate enough to go to get a place on the waiting list for this car, you'll be asked for £35,345 - but you'll probably want a version of it with the optional 'GP Touring Pack' fitted, which will add another £2,000 to that total. Well over £37,000 for little MINI Hatch? Could that ever be justified? You'll need to drive this car to decide that for yourself. In terms of equipment, all the things we've been talking about in this test are of course standard - including the GP aerodynamic kit, the 18-inch forged lightweight two-tone alloy wheels, stainless steel exhaust tailpipes and that huge bicolour rear spoiler with its GP logo. Inside, you get bespoke sports bucket seats dynamica/leather trim and red seat belts, a GP digital display cockpit instrument binnacle screen, a 'GP Walknappa' leather steering wheel with metal shift paddles, anthracite headlining and a 6.5-inch Radio Visual Boost central infotainment screen. That 'GP Touring Pack' adds seat heating, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and, most notably, the Navigation Plus Pack, which gives you a larger 8.8-inch centre infotainment screen incorporating navigation, 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone-mirroring (but not 'Android Auto'), the 'MINI Connected' media package, a MINI 'Visual Boost' DAB radio, enhanced Bluetooth, various remote services, an Online Search with weather info feature, real-time traffic information and MINI's 'Concierge service' which can answer journeying questions from a call centre as you drive. Plus there's the 'MINI Connected XL' package with additional features that include Amazon Alexa voice control.

Cost of Ownership

You won't care too much about WLTP-rated efficiency figures if you're considering this car, but we'll give them to you anyway. The combined cycle fuel figure is quoted at 34.0mpg, but if you get anywhere near to that in regular use, I'd venture to suggest that you really shouldn't have bought this car in the first place and it deserves a better home. You know where I am. The CO2 reading is 189g/km. What else? Well depreciation should be impressively solid, this being such a rare collectors' model. There's the same three year unlimited mileage warranty you'd get on any other MINI. Insurance is rated way up at group 37E. MINI itself offers fully comprehensive insurance but you might find that your own broker can improve on the premiums your dealer can offer.

By Jonathan Crouch

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Key Standard Features*

  • 4 speakers in front door trims and underneath front seats
  • Solid - Pepper White
  • Chrome line exterior
  • Solid paint
  • White roof and mirror caps
  • Black roof and mirror caps
  • Silver roof and mirror caps
  • Body colour roof and mirror caps
  • Satellite grey headlining including grab handles and clothes hooks
  • Colour line - Carbon black
  • Colour line - Satellite grey
  • Colour line - Malt brown
  • Chester leather upholstery with sport seats
  • MINI Yours lounge leather upholstery with sports seats
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Chester leather - Satellite grey with sport seats
  • MINI Yours lounge leather - Carbon black with sport seats
  • Chester leather - Malt Brown with sports seats
  • Piano black interior trim
  • MINI Yours fibre alloy interior trim
  • Mini Yours illuminated piano black interior trim
  • 17" Propeller spoke alloy wheels
  • 17" Rail spoke alloy wheels
  • 17" Tentacle spoke alloy wheels
  • 17" Roulette spoke alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Body Glass

  • Electric front+rear windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rear window wiper
  • Sun/heat protection glass
  • Rain sensor window wipers


  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Hill start assist
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Front and rear disc brakes


  • Mini E-call
  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming

Driver Aids

  • MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green)
  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance

Driver Convenience

  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation

Driver Information

  • On board computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Instrument cluster
  • MINI TeleServices
  • High precision injection

Embellishment Trims

  • Chrome line interior


  • Fully variable valve control
  • Double Vanos system


  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio
  • 6.5" touchscreen with LED ring

Exterior Body Features

  • Chrome plated fuel cap
  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • Metal door sill strips with Cooper S imprint
  • Chrome border honeycomb structure radiator grille with S badge
  • Bonnet scoop
  • Model logo Cooper S on right of tailgate
  • Two central exhaust tailpipes with chrome finisher
  • Radiator grille bars, tailgate handle, lower front grille grating, rear central fog light in chrome

Exterior Lights

  • White indicator lenses
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Automatic headlight activation switch
  • Rear LED lights with union jack design
  • LED headlight with closed ring and daytime driving lights


  • Manual air conditioning

Interior Features

  • Cupholders
  • Tool kit
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Glove compartment
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • 12v Socket in centre console
  • Mini logo projection on floor from drivers exterior mirror
  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • MINI Yours leather steering wheel with silver contrasting stitching with MINI Yours badge
  • Air vents, gear lever base, speakers in doors, door handles in chrome
  • Knee roll and door armrests

Interior Lights

  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats
  • Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof


  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3 point seatbelts on all four seats
  • 6 Airbags - front, side, head and seat belt tensioners


  • Front and rear head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
  • Storage pocket on back of front seats


  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
  • Start/stop toggle with keyless go
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser


  • Performance Control
  • Steptronic sport transmission with double clutch and steering wheel paddles
  • Gear change indicator display

Vanity Mirrors

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors


  • 0 to 62 mph (secs) 6.7
  • Engine Power - BHP 178
  • Engine Power - KW 131
  • Engine Power - PS
  • Engine Power - RPM 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT 207
  • Engine Torque - NM 280
  • Engine Torque - RPM 1350
  • Top Speed 146

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