MINI brings to Paris the second generation of the John Cooper Works GP, before the car goes on sale later this year.

With a Nürburgring lap time of 8 minutes and 23 minutes, the second generation of the MINI JCW GP is 18 seconds quicker than its predecessor. This is the fastest MINI ever built and it’s being showcased at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, before going on sale later on this year in a limited series of 2,000 units.

At the heart of this pocket rocket is a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that develops 215 hp (160 kW) and 207 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque, making it 7 hp (5 kW) and 15 lb-ft (20 Nm) more powerful than the first version. Thanks to this slight bump in power, the JCW GP II can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.3 seconds (down by 0.2 seconds).

Besides the increase in engine output, the car’s race-spec suspension has also been upgraded as it now consists of adjustable-platform dampers, allowing the ride height to go down by 20mm. As standard, the car comes with Kumho Ecsta sport tires, Recaro sport seats and a strut brace instead of the rear seats.

Even though the interior cabin has been stripped down, the MINI JCW GP II has the same 1235 kg (2722 pounds) curb weight as the standard JCW. Other changes worth mentioning are the larger 335mm front brake discs, GP Racing mode for the ESP and a lower 0.35 drag coefficient.

Only 200 units will arrive in the UK, with prices starting from a steep 28,790 pounds, making it more than 6,000 pounds pricier than the usual JCW version.

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