Specifications of the Mini GP Limited
Engine: 1.6 ; V4
Drive : Quattro
BHP : 214
Gears: 6 speed
Acceleration 0/100 : 6.5 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
The Mini GP has the same 1.6-litre engine as every other petrol-powered Mini under the sun but has a different supercharger, engine management revisions and improved cooling to pump the power up to 214bhp. In comparison, a Cooper S has 170bhp and a Cooper S Works 210bhp. Torque is marginally increased, too, at 184lb/ft. The 4bhp increase over the Cooper S Works may not look like much on paper, but the way it feels is out of all proportion to that tiny number.
The increased performance isn't just due to the extra power under the loud pedal but also to some serious dieting on the Mini's part. In a bid to shave a few kilos, some sound deadening has been ditched and the rear seats have also been deemed surplus to requirement. A polished metal bar runs across the back of the interior in their place. It's not part of the suspension, but it will keep your shopping from smacking the back of the front seats every time you brake. Whatever its purpose, it does look rather cool.
GP decals are scattered around the place and the car's individual number is written above the driver's door. The 18" alloys are unique, too, although their design risks crossing the line between a factory-fit look and the tacky end of aftermarket.
The bumpers and sills are extended to aid aerodynamics and a quite ludicrous carbon-fibre spoiler has been attached to the boot lid. In the cabin, a couple of quite fantastic black-leather Recaros keep your posteriour well planted, and prove mightily comfortable over the long-haul.