MINI John Cooper Works GP will receive only automatic gearboxNovember 24, 2019
The most powerful and fastest Mini was left without a mechanical gearbox
A special MINI version called John Cooper Works GP will be available exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
MINI recently unveiled the special edition of John Cooper Works GP, which became the most powerful and fastest performance of the cult British hatchback. Under the hood of the novelty is a two-liter four-cylinder turbo engine with a capacity of 306 horsepower, familiar from the BMW X2 M35i, and this particular engine, according to Autoblog, caused no alternative in terms of gearboxes: the hardcore JCW GP will be available exclusively with an eight-speed automatic gearbox from BMW.
MINI explained this by the fact that they simply do not have a manual gearbox that could withstand the potential of the German “turbo four”. The British do not see any reason to invest in the development of a new gearbox, since the circulation of John Cooper Works GP is limited to only 3000 copies and this venture has no chance to pay off. But MINI boasted that the massive lining on the wheel arches of the hatchback, it turns out, is made of carbon fiber obtained from the remains of the production of the German BMW i3 and i8 models.
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