The new MINI John Cooper Works GP was teased earlier this week, but our spy photographers have caught the real deal out and about. While this extra racy hot hatch is still covered in yellow camouflage, one can already see that the new car will sport a far more aggressive design compared to previous editions, with styling inspired by its namesake concept displayed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Making an immediate statement are the enormous protruding fenders that seem to almost float above the rest of the car, housing the fat tyres and making this the first MINI to come with extended bodywork. A massive split rear wing can also be seen, dwarfing the jutting front spoiler and large twin central exhausts. There’s even a pair of reshaped door mirrors that appear to be more aerodynamic.

The fashionable British brand has confirmed that the GP will come with more than 300 hp, making it the most potent car ever to come from Oxford. It will likely be powered by the same uprated B48 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the BMW X2 M35i, which makes 306 hp and 450 Nm of torque. It remains to be seen if this car will adopt the Munich SUV’s all-wheel drive, or retain its front-wheel drive layout.

Like its predecessors, the new GP will likely jettison its rear seats in favour of reduced weight, but unlike its forebears it will have a slightly raised production limit when it goes on sale next year, from 2,000 units to 3,000. Excited for this hardcore pocket rocket?