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2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP: Small, but mighty

Mini says goodbye to its third-generation Hardtop with a more powerful, better handling and sharper looking limited-edition.

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For 2021, Mini is saying goodbye to its third-generation Hardtop with a high-performance John Cooper Works GP model.

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Compared to the standard JCW Hardtop, the GP features a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 making 301 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque.

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Unlike previous GP models that featured manual transmissions, the latest GP uses an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Together the drivetrain scoots the 2021 GP to 60 mph in just 5 seconds.

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To improve handling, the chassis has been stiffened with additional underbody braces and a front strut tower bar.

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The suspension features uprated springs, dampers, antiroll bars, wider track and more wheel camber than the standard JCW Hardtop.

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The GP rides on forged 18-inch wheels wrapped with Hankook performance tires.

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To look the part, the GP gets an exclusive front end, side panels and rear wing to improve downforce.

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Mini will build just 3,000 GPs for worldwide consumption. Roughly 500 are earmarked for the US.

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The 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP starts at $44,900, not including $850 for destination.

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