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2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP Review

It's not easy to justify the $40k price tag for a MINI John Cooper Works GP. Actually, considering you get less parts for a bigger price for this car, it's pretty hard to make a good case.
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However, once behind the wheel of this tiny bucket of joy, things start to turn around. The guys from Car and Driver definitely felt so while testing the hot hatch and even compared it to Porsches.

It's true, the comparison was done only price-wise and they discovered that the GP kind-of takes after the Cayman R and the 911 GT3, offering a stripped down version of the same car with a bigger price tag, but it's still a comparison with some of the best cars Porsche built.

Going over the numbers, the GP has the same 1.6-liter turbocharged engine but with 218 HP and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque this is a fast little car, considering it's so lightweight.

The weight reduction is felt on the inside, where the backseats have been stripped away and the front ones have been replaced by Recaro leather-suede buckets, with generous lateral bolstering.

The steering response is instantaneous and the neutral handling puts to shame many RWD cars. Furthermore, the short shifts are so exact that you'll think you're in a race every time you get behind the wheel.

Overall, the car is worth is money, not just because of its incredible go-kart feel but also because it's a limited edition run, only 2000 of them being built.

Via: Car and Driver

 
 
 
 
 

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