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MINI Unveils the Track-Focused John Cooper Works GP Concept

A hot hatch that packs a lot in a small package

Scheduled to debut next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show is the MINI'a new John Cooper Works GP Concept, a track-ready hot hatch that carries a wider and lower stance than the regular John Cooper Works Hardtop. The concept sports massive air intakes, new side skirts and a huge diffuser, as well as flared wheel arches over 19-inch racing wheels. Inside, there are no rear seats and the cabin is stripped mostly bare, save for a roll cage, racing seats with a five-point harness, and paddle shifters that allow the driver's hands to stay on the wheel. A digital gauge cluster and a head-up display rounds out the interior features.

There's no word on the powertrain, but we should probably expect a bit more than the standard MINI John Cooper Works, which generates 228 horsepower from a 2.0-liter turbo four.