November 21, 2005 MINI boosts output and cuts weight to offer the world a limited edition super performance model dubbed MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit. Producing a feisty 160 kW (up 6 kW on the regular factory John Cooper Works Tuning Kit), the lightweight car was revealed to MINI enthusiasts at a global MINI festival called MINI United, held in Italy this weekend. Just 2,000 copies of this new model will be produced starting from July 2006.
While developing the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit, engineers focussed predominantly on even greater agility and high driving stability.
Modifications to the intercooler as well as engine tuning measures have boosted power output of the free-revving 1.6-litre supercharged power unit to around 160 kW.
In order that such power and the high maximum torque of 245 Nm are transferred securely to the road, this limited special edition features a limited slip differential as standard.
Dynamic Stability Control DSC is available as an option.
High-performance brakes by John Cooper Works featuring red-lacquered brake callipers on the front wheels ensure optimum stopping power.
Additional standard equipment by John Cooper Works includes a sports suspension and an awesome sound generated by the specially constructed Tuning Kit. An additional new highlight are the weight-reduced 18-inch alloy wheels specially designed for the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit.
In order to reduce weight even further, engineers made extensive modifications to the technology and bodywork.
The standard longitudinal control arms on the rear axle are now made from aluminium.
The strict diet imposed by the race-focussed engineers stripped out sound deadening material, the air conditioner and the rear seats, saving around 40 kg.
The effects of cutting back weight and increasing output means this special model feels very similar to the MINI CHALLENGE racers that have competed in four championship series around the world this year.
The MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit features a thoroughly revised aerodynamics package.
Front and rear aprons, the now wing-shaped rear spoiler, the even further lowered side sills and the underbody panelling have all been redesigned.
This delivers a distinctly reduced drag coefficient and enhanced downforce on the front and rear axles.
The MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit is immediately recognizable by its exclusive grey-blue metallic body colour combined with a roof painted in Pure Silver.
The air scoops on the bonnet and in the front apron also come in Pure Silver.
Likewise, the exterior mirrors feature a contrasting colour – fiery Chilli Red.
In keeping with true racing car tradition, the interior of the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit was intentionally designed to keep a low profile.
Standard equipment includes Recaro sports seats, CD stereo and a multifunction sports steering wheel.