The latest iteration of the top MINI 3 Door has made its debut – enter the 2020 model year MINI John Cooper Works GP. The British brand’s top three-door hatchback model will make its public debut at the forthcoming Los Angeles Motor Show later this week.

Powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, this produces peak power of 306 hp at 5,000 rpm to 6,250 rpm and 450 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm to 4,500 rpm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission with an integrated, mechanical locking differential. Thus equipped, the MINI John Cooper Works GP does 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, and a top speed of 265 km/h.

A petrol particulate filter helps the MINI JCW GP comply with the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard, and the top MINI three-door hot hatch is rated for a combined fuel consumption of 7.3 l/100km and combined CO2 emissions of 167 g/km. Beyond the emissions controls, the three-door John Cooper Works GP features a lower back pressure exhaust, which features matt-brushed stainless steel, 90 mm diameter exits.

The John Cooper Works GP is visually distinguished by a combination of red highlights applied to the lower bumper intakes, front grille strip, within the large tailgate spoiler and the lower sides of the car, while the carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) aero trim above each wheel also serve as wheelhouse extensions for the wheels and tyres.

Rolling stock is comprised of 18-inch x 8.0 J wheels fitted with 225/35R18 tyres. The wheels are light alloy forged items which weigh less than 9 kg, according to MINI, and these also wear the GP logo on its hub centres. Braking is handled by four-piston fixed-caliper disc brakes with 360 mm x 30 mm ventilated discs in front, while the rear axle gets single-piston floating-caliper disc brakes. Relative to the John Cooper Works, the JCW GP features wider track widths and a 10 mm-lower ride height.

Suspension is specifically tuned for the John Cooper Works GP, with specially adapted auxiliary springs, dampers and stabilisers, while swivel bearings of a new design enable greater camber angles for the front wheels. Rear wheel camber is also increased, and stabiliser bearings with higher preload help optimise roll suppport, says MINI. The underbody tunnel bridge has been replaced by a solid support for the modified rear axle member, while the front suspension is augmented with a strut brace.

Inside, the John Cooper Works GP is a strict two-seater with reduced sound insulation and an aluminium cross-brace residing where the rear seats would have been. Standard equipment here includes John Cooper Works sports seats trimmed in a leather and Dinamica combination with silver side edges, red accent seams, red belt straps and a GP badge under each integrated headrest.

Ahead of the driver is a steering wheel trimmed in Nappa leather and a metal centre marking at the 12 o’clock position. Here, the gearshift paddles are metal, 3D-printed items like the numbering badge in the interior, with a honeycomb structure on the paddles’ surfaces.

Optional within the MINI John Cooper Works GP 3 Door are automatic climate control, the Connected Navigation Plus pack and telephone connectivity with wireless charging. Standard kit includes Connected Media which employs a 6.5-inch central display, and a five-inch, high-resolution digital instrument cluster is also standard.

The MINI John Cooper Works GP 3 Door will be limited to a product run of just 3,000 units, and delivery to customers will commence in March next year, says MINI.