Prototypes for a new generation MINI John Cooper Works Coupe GP edition have already been caught on the roads, but new developments have surfaced suggesting the model will never see the light of day.

Prototypes for a new generation MINI John Cooper Works Coupe GP edition have already been caught on the roads, but new developments have surfaced suggesting the model will never see the light of day.

The news stems from Motoring File who cite multiple unidentified sources from both Europe and North America. The top brass have apparently concluded the model would step too closely on the toes of the hatchback JCW GP which could impact on sales.

The report comes somewhat as a surprise considering the company has spent a fair bit of time and money developing the model up until now. Had it made it to production we would have seen the MINI Coupe blessed with a around 220hp under the hood as well as a number performance enhancements and weight reducing modifications.

Disappointment is sure to follow if the report turns out to be true, but we could offer a possible and more welcome alternative.

The hatchback version of the JCW GP is due for a limited production run of just 2,000 units, so MINI bigwigs could easily delay production of the Coupe variant until its sibling has sold out.

Lets keep our fingers crossed that we are right...

 

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