The Mini Cooper JCW (John Cooper Works) GP is no slouch. In fact, the apex Mini is billed as the fastest model ever produced by the revived Mini brand under the BMW umbrella. But, that does not mean that a tuning house won’t try to up the ante with its own, even more powerful, Mini GP as is the case with the Manhart GP3 F350.
In stock form the Mini JCW produces 225 kW and 450 N.m. Learn more about the standard JCW GP here. That power is fed through an eight-speed automatic sports transmission with an integrated mechanical differential lock for the front wheels. Mini says these power outputs enable the little pocket rocket to zip from zero to 100 km/h in 5,2 seconds with a top speed of 265 km/h in stock form.
More power and torque
The Manhart GP3 F350 takes the standard JCW and ramps up power from the 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine. Peak power now sits at 258 kW (or 350 hp, hence the name) and a massive 530 N.m of torque. To extract more power from the turbocharged engine Manhart enlisted the services of Dutch Mini specialists, Beek Auto Racing to remap the ECU. A new intercooler is responsible for feeding the motor with cooled charge air. A new exhausts system by Remus also helps extract gases quicker and gives the car a more distinctive soundtrack than standard.
The German tuning house was not happy to leave the JCW GPs appearance untouched and gave the Manhart GP3 F350 a set of fender flares and a large rear wing. Massive, 19-inch alloys are painted with low profile rubber and the arch gap is closed thanks to a lowering kit supplied by AST Suspension. JDCustoms then wrapped the entire body in a matte black wrap and added Manhart’s signature stripes and accents in gold.