If you want to take on the Civic Type R and Veloster N, the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works GP 2021 is a good option. But serious execution comes at a high price. And some fans may not appreciate the lack of instructions. However, this week there is a solution to bring a trailer – or rather, two solutions. That’s because this week’s BaT offer is a double offer: GP Mini Cooper JCW 2006 and 2013.
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2006 Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works GP 3/4 front view | bringing a trailer
The Cooper name became intertwined with the Mini name in the 1960s, when British racing driver John Cooper turned the classic Mini into a rally car. He created the original Mini – the Cooper S hot rod, says Hagerty. And when BMW acquired and relaunched the Mini brand in the early 2000s, the Cooper S returned, Road & Track explains.
However, in 2006, the R53 model of the first generation BMW needs to be updated. So, as a final hurrah for the launch of the R56, Mini launched the Cooper S John Cooper Works GP.
2006 Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works GP rear view 3/4 rear view | Mini
Like the base Cooper S, the 2006 Mini JCW GP is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, reports Car and Driver. However, thanks to modifications to the intercooler, supercharger, exhaust system, fuel injection and ECU, it delivers 214 hp, 46 hp more than the base car, reports Autoweek. And because it has no rear seat, upgraded aluminium suspension components, lighter wheels, no rear wipers and the addition of air conditioning, it weighs 30kg less, reports MotorTrend. But it has Recaro front seats.
The 2006 and 2021 Mini Cooper JCW GPs are similar in many ways. Both cars have stiffer shocks and springs, as well as a full aero kit, Top Gear reports. Plus struts in place of the rear seats and lockable differentials. But the 2006 car has something the 2021 car doesn’t: A six-speed manual transmission.
Same as 2013 model vs.
2013 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works GP front 3/4 | Bring trailer
The manual went back to the next-generation model, the 2013 Mini Cooper JCW GP, which followed a similar formula to the 2006 model, reports Car and Driver. Namely Recaro seats, no back seat, lower ride height, stiffer springs and shock absorbers, bigger brakes and less luxury – even cruise control. Compared to its predecessor, however, the 2013 Mini GP is much more purposeful, MT reports.
The 2013 Mini Cooper JCW GP has fully adjustable coil springs and a different suspension geometry than the base car. Mini has also changed the steering, traction control and stability control on the 2013 car, reports MT. And instead of a supercharger, the 2013 Mini GP has a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Normally, it delivers 211 hp and 192 lb-ft, but in overdrive, torque rises to 207 lb-ft.
On paper, the 2006 and 2013 models have the same speed. The car and driver achieved a 0-60 mph time of 5.9 seconds and a second of 5.8 seconds. In contrast, the supercharged car is livelier and the engine is slightly more responsive, reports AROnline. According to Hagerty, she is blunt and reacts strangely to questions. However, the 2013 car is still a riot, with neutral handling and instantaneous steering, reports Car and Driver. And it has more advanced infotainment features, reports Driving.ca.
Mini Cooper John Cooper works as a GP on thetrailer in 2006 and 2013.
There are currently two Mini Cooper JCW GPs on the Bring a Trailer website. There is a 2006 GP1 and a 2013 GP2. Neither is stock, although both have less than 100,000 miles on the odometer.
Interior of a 2006 Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works GP | Take the trailer
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The 2006 Mini Cooper JCW GP is equipped with real-time air conditioning and heated seats. However, the Pioneer stereo system and sidewalk lights are modifications. There’s also the bonnet reinforcement, Valeo monobloc flywheel and PRW FluidGel crankshaft pulley. Moreover, the Hot Hatch has tinted windows.
The 2013 Mini Cooper JCW GP comes with a few extra luxury features. In addition to stability and traction settings, it has automatic climate control and Alcantara instead of fabric. It also has fewer miles than the 2006 car: 39,000 versus 63,000. It’s also less modified, although it does have an aftermarket atm intercooler.
The 2013 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works GP inside seen from the rear | Bring the trailer
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Bring a report showing that both vehicles have an accident-free history, as well as numerous maintenance records. The current owner of the 2013 vehicle recently replaced the front tires, water pump and spark plugs. The 2006 car was sold to Bring a Trailer in 2017 and the right front ball joint has since been replaced.
These shutters are limited in price.
At the time of writing, a 2006 Mini Cooper JCW is offered on Bring a Trailer for $7,150, despite being owner occupied. The 2013 car is priced at $12,000; there are three days left for both auctions. And in both cases the prices are below average, especially for these rare cars.
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The 2006 and 2013 Mini Cooper JCW GP are both limited edition models. Mini produced only 2,000 examples of each car, of which 415 GP1s and 500 GP2s were destined for the US. Combined with their modifications, they are highly sought after by Mini fans. And the average price of a Bring a Trailer is between $15,000 and $20,000. That’s about half the original price, by the way.
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frequently asked questions
What does the JCW package include?
Standard features include a 6-speed manual transmission, optional automatic transmission, ALL4 all-wheel drive, enhanced JCW braking system, selectable driving modes, sports exhaust system, LED headlights and taillights, optional roof rails, aerodynamic JCW full body, 48 cubic …
Is the Mini JCW reliable?
All enthusiasts found the JCW Minis to be a reliable engine, perhaps because of their relatively modest power output. However, the delivered couple leaves many satisfied owners, and they all leave a comment about how the JCW makes them smile.
How do you recognise a fake JCW?
On the outside you will see the JCW badge ONLY on the front of the lower grille and there will be no Cooper S badge on the rear, there will be a JCW badge on the right I believe. Also, the exhaust ends may not carry the JCW logo, but only bare chrome tips.
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