Mini is close to launching its most powerful production car in the form of the John Cooper Works GP. The hot hatchback will boast more than 300hp, taking the fight to Honda Civic Type R and Ford Focus RS.

The most potent car to come out of Oxford, home of Mini, produced 228hp. Mini is set to raise the bar for itself higher with its upcoming John Cooper Works GP.

Mini JCW GP

In line with its positioning as the most extreme Mini ever, the JCW GP will sport a bold bodykit like its hot-hatch peers.

Exact numbers aren’t available yet, but Mini could use the 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four motor powering the BMW X2 M35i. Aboard the Beemer, the engine generates 306hp and 450Nm. Using the compact crossover’s architecture would be good for Mini since the X2 itself is front-wheel-driven.

The range-topping X2 M35i features all-wheel-drive, which could be another exciting addition to the upcoming super Mini. Mini might choose to continue with FWD seeing as it is less complicated and lighter than an AWD setup. In its own words, the Mini John Cooper Works GP is “by far the fastest and most powerful MINI ever to be approved for use on the road.” It makes sense for the firm to stick to its core values of light weight, high power output, and relatively uncomplicated mechanicals.

As for styling, Mini has given the cutesy Cooper a radical makeover. A flared, widebody kit, carbon fibre bodywork, massive spoiler out back, and an underbody aerodynamics package are on the cards. Only 3,000 examples of the Mini JCW GP are scheduled for production.

Mini John Cooper Works GP

Like previous GP-badged cars, the 2017 Mini JCW GP Concept also gathered a lot of interest at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Vice President of Product and Launch Management, Thomas Giuliani says he expects the new JCW GP to sell out quickly based on the massive demand previous generations of ‘GP’ badged Minis garnered. “The fastest Mini in our brand history – which now goes back 60 years – is an expression of pure racing passion.”

Giuliani continued, “We are well aware of the enormous fascination exercised by the Mini John Cooper Works GP, not just from the euphoric reactions to the concept vehicle but also from past experience: after all, every one of its predecessors was completely sold out even before the official market launch.”

Look for the Mini John Cooper Works GP to hit production later this year for a 2020 arrival.