2021 Mini JCW GP

MSRP $44,900

Ranked #4 in Subcompact Hatchback

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2021 Mini JCW GP Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Mini JCW GP is an all-new trim level in the 2021 Mini Hardtop 2 Door lineup. The JCW GP offers a more powerful engine with some improvements in the driving dynamics to enhance the fun factor of the already impressive hot-hatch. The GP trim is a limited edition trim and only 3000 units will be produced globally. It is the most powerful Mini that you can get in the 2021 Mini lineup. The car gets everything right to show its characteristics of a hot-hatch and the driving dynamics are at power with the best in the segment. 

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Pros

Potent engine with impressive fuel economy

Impeccable handling and driving dynamics

Premium interior quality

Rare car with limited production

Cons

Expensive than rivals

Stiff ride quality

No manual transmission 

What's New?

The completely new trim level at the top of the 2021 Mini JCW lineup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44900

bodystyle

2dr Hatchback

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

transmission

8 speed automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

98.2 in.

length

152.5 in.

width

68 in.

height

55.7 in.

curb weight

2750 lbs.

ground clearance

5.6 in.

capacity

cargo volume

33.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/27/30 mpg

highway range

348 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$44,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Mini JCW GP in British Racing Green Metallic color
British Racing Green Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP starts at an MSRP of $44,900. You get a number written on the exterior and the dashboard of the car displaying a special number from the 3000 units available for sale. There is not much when it comes to customization of the Mini JCW GP but it works just fine as it is already a rare car. The 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP competes against the likes of the Honda Civic Type-R, Volkswagen Golf R, and the Subaru WRX STI.

2021 Mini JCW GP Features

The 2021 Mini JCW GP is a new addition to the Mini John Cooper Work lineup. It is a sportier trim that sits at the top of the lineup. The Mini JCW GP is the most powerful Mini that you can buy in 2021. Other than power, it gets several other bits that make it more capable and fun-to-drive than the other trims in the lineup. The John Cooper Work GP comes only in a two-seater configuration. The standard features list include 18-inch wheels, GP-specific suspension tuning, larger brakes than the standard JCW, digital instrument cluster, no rear seats, large rear wing, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Trim

Mini JCW GP

MSRP

$44,900

Key Features

18-inch wheels

 

GP-specific suspension tuning

 

Larger brakes than the standard JCW

 

Digital instrument cluster

 

No rear seats

 

Large rear wing

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

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The 2021 Mini John Cooper Work GP is a singular trim level in itself. Since it is a rare car, you do not have many options to customize your car. The standard features are the best in the Mini lineup as it is the most expensive trim of the already expensive Mini JCW lineup. The JCW GP also comes with many standard tunings that make it a fun car to drive on the road. You can go with the Mini John Cooper Work GP if you love the hot-hatched and the driving pleasure that it offers. 

2021 Mini JCW GP Engine and Performance

The 2021 Mini John Cooper Works is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that also does duty in other John Cooper Work trims. But the difference is that the engine produced more power and torque than the standard JCW models. The engine produces a peak power of 301 horsepower and a peak torque of 332 pounds-feet. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which sends the power to the front wheels. The power figure is impressive for the segment and it translates into good performance in real life. 

The lightweight of the Mini JCW GP helps it get a good power to weight ratio. The only thing you miss is the lack of a manual transmission. The 2021 Mini JCW GP will not disappoint you in terms of overall performance. The car loves to pull all the way up to the red line. The power is well distributed to give a good punch throughout the rave range. There is a good grunt from the engine and the exhaust note will motivate you to go harder on the gas pedal. The car takes an impressive 4.7 seconds to reach from 0 to 60 miles per hour. The quarter-mile timing is also not bad at 13.1 seconds. 

Models

2021 Mini JCW GP

2021 Honda Civic Type-R

2021 Volkswagen Golf R

2021 Subaru WRX STI

MSRP

$44,900

$37,000

$40,300

$36,700

Engine

2.0L Turbo I-4

2.0L Turbo I-4

2.0L Turbo I-4

2.5L Flat-Four

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed automatic

6-Speed manual

7-speed DSG

6-Speed manual

Power (hp @ RPM

301 @ 6,200 

306 @ 6,500 

288 @ 5,400

310 @ 6,000 

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

332 @ 1,250 

295 @ 2,500 

280 @ 1,800

290 @ 4,000 

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.7

4.9

4.6

5.3

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

13.1

13.4

13.4

13.8

Top-Speed (MPH)

165

169

139

160

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf R has the least powerful engine in the segment on paper. But when it comes to real-world performance, it is the fastest car to reach from 0 to 60 miles per hour. The 2021 Mini JCW GP is marginally behind the Golf R in the 0 to 60 mph sprint but takes the lead in the quarter-mile run. On the other hand, the 2021 Subaru WRX STI has the most powerful engine on paper, still, it happens to be the slowest car in terms of acceleration. The 2021 Honda Civic Type-R finds the sweet spot in between. 

How well does the 2021 Mini JCW GP handle?

Mini has always had a good reputation when it comes to the handling department. The handling is one of the prime reasons while the Mini became so popular among hot-hatch lovers. The 2021 Mini John Cooper Work GP is no exception in terms of handling. You can feel the Mini DNA the moment you get behind the wheel. The steering wheel feels nice to hold and is quick to change the lanes. The precision from the steering wheel impresses the enthusiasts. 

The Mini JCW GP like most of the Mini cars feels connected to the road. You get positive feedback from the steering wheel. The suspension is tuned on the stiffer side which really helps the handling. The driving dynamics are already among the best if not the best in its class. It inspires great comfort when you counter a set of corners. The only downside is the ride quality. You can feel even the smallest of the bumps into the cabin due to the stiffer suspension setup. 

How good is the braking performance of the 2021 Mini JCW GP?

The brakes are really important for all the cars in the segment as they can make or break the whole game. The 2021 Mini JCW GP gets 14-inch brake rotors for the front wheels while 12.8-inch brake rotors for the rear wheels. Considering the fact that the Mini JCW GP is the lightest car in the segment results in an excellent braking performance. The 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP takes 105 feet to come to a halt from 60 miles per hour. The brakes are progressive and give a positive bite inspiring confidence in the driver. 

Models

2021 Mini JCW GP

2021 Honda Civic Type-R

2021 Volkswagen Golf R

2021 Subaru WRX STI

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14

13.8

12.4

13.4

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.8

12

11.3

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,750

3,117

3,300

3,397 

60-0 (feet)

105

107

103

106

All the cars in the segment offer similar braking performance and none of them are bad in terms of braking. The 2021 Volkswagen Golf R takes the least distance to stop from 60 mph followed by the Mini JCW GP at second position. The 2021 Subaru WRX STI takes 106 feet and the 2021 Honda Civic Type-R takes 107 feet to stop from the same speed. 

2021 Mini JCW GP Fuel Economy

Although fuel efficiency is not a big criterion for people buying a car in the segment. The segment pre-dominantly focuses on driving fun over fuel economy figures. However, the 2021 Mini JCW GP will not disappoint the buyers in terms of fuel efficiency either. The car manages to deliver a fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon in the city, 30 miles per gallon on the highway, and a combined fuel economy of 27 miles per gallon. The fuel tank is the smallest in its segment at 11.6-gallon. Still, the highway range is good enough at 348 miles on a full tank.

Models

2021 Mini JCW GP

2021 Honda Civic Type-R

2021 Volkswagen Golf R

2021 Subaru WRX STI

MPG (City)

24

22

21

17

MPG (Highway)

30

28

29

22

MPG (Combined)

27

25

24

19

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

11.6

12.4

14.5

15.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

278/348/313

273/347/310

306/421/348

270/350/302

The 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP is the most fuel-efficient car in the segment. The fuel economy figures are really impressive as the performance is also at par with the rivals. The 2021 Honda Civic Type-R comes next in terms of fuel efficiency followed by the 2021 Volkswagen Golf R. The Golf R offers the best in class highway range of 421 miles with the help of its bigger fuel tank. The 2021 Subaru WRX STI has the least fuel-efficient motor but compensates well with the largest fuel tank in the segment.

2021 Mini JCW GP Interior

The interior of the 2021 Mini John Cooper Work GP is up there with the Mini standards. You get many extra trims inside the cabin that are limited to the GP trim to differentiate it from the other variants. The front of the car gets bucket sports seats that are made of premium materials like Alcantara. The seats are 8-way adjustable but the power adjustment is lacking. You can also add extra thigh support for the driver with the help of the driver seat thigh extension. 

The JCW GP gets a digital instrument cluster that is limited to the GP trim only. The dashboard feels premium and the all-black interior theme feels sportier. You can find the circular trims everywhere in the cabin that follows the classic Mini design language. The passenger side of the dashboard gets the production number of the car to tell your car number from the 3000 cars produced globally. The Mini JCW GP does not get the rear seats at all and it only comes in a 2-seater configuration. The 33.4 cubic feet of trunk capacity can easily fit a dead body if you ever feel the need. 

Models

2021 Mini JCW GP

2021 Honda Civic Type-R

2021 Volkswagen Golf R

2021 Subaru WRX STI

Seating Capacity

2

4

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.3/50.6/41.4

39.3/56.9/42.3

38.4/55.9/41.2

39.8/55.6/43.3

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A

37.4/55/35.9

38.1/53.9/35.6

37.1/54.2/35.4

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

33.4

25.7

19.9

22.8

The 2021 Mini JCW GP is the only car in the segment that comes only in a 2-seater configuration. All the other cars in the segment offer a 4 or 5-seater variant. The 2021 Honda Civic Type-R leads the segment in terms of space for both rows and can accommodate four passengers in the cabin. The other two cars are decently spacious and are 5-seater at least on paper. The Civic Type-R also has the largest trunk space after the 2021 Mini JCW GP. Standout interior features in the 2021 Mini JCW GP are:

  • 8-way manual-adjustable seats
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Keyless ignition
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Interior air filtration

What is there to keep you entertained in the 2021 Mini JCW GP?

Do you really need an infotainment system to keep yourself entertained when you are inside the most powerful Mini? Most buyers will not feel the need for an infotainment system as driving a Mini is itself the most entertaining part of the car. However, the Mini JCW GP comes with an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard. The infotainment system by BMW feels fairly responsive and intuitive for everyday tasks. 

It also gets multiple ports for all your devices inside the cabin. The infotainment screen can be connected via Apple CarPlay for seamless connectivity with your smartphone. However, Android Auto is still missing from the 2021 Mini JCW GP. You also get satellite radio with the infotainment. It gets a 6-speaker audio system as standard. Standout infotainment features include:

  • An 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • AM/FM stereo
  • USB ports
  • Satellite radio
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 6-speaker audio system

2021 Mini JCW GP Exterior

The 2021 Mini John Cooper Work GP is a rare car and you can easily feel it when you have a glance at it. There are many trims on the exterior that remind you that it is a special edition car. You get a zillion of GP badges on the exterior itself. The 2021 Mini JCW GP does not look like a standard Mini car no matter from where you look at it. The only thing that remains similar is the circular Mini headlights. 

The front gets a larger grille compared to the standard Mini that gets vents for cooling the engine. The headlights are not integrated into the bonnet and it remains in place even when you lift the front bonnet. It gets bigger and wider wheels with massive Brembo brakes. The rear end gets the British flag integrated half into both the taillamps. The twin exhaust at the rear has a deep bassy note to entertain you inside the cabin. The rear also gets a massive wing that you won’t find in any other car in the entire automobile industry. 

Models

2021 Mini JCW GP

2021 Honda Civic Type-R

2021 Volkswagen Golf R

2021 Subaru WRX STI

Curb Weight (lb)

2,750

3,117

3,300

3,397

Length (inches)

152.5

179.4

168.4

180.9

Width (inches)

68

73.9

70.8

70.7

Height (inches)

55.7

56.5

56.5

58.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.6

5.1

4.8

4.9

Wheelbase (inches)

98.2

106.3

103.5

104.3

The 2021 Mini JCW GP is the most compact hatchback in the segment in every dimension. The 2021 Subaru WRX STI is the longest car in the segment while the 2021 Honda Civic Type-R gets the longest wheelbase in the segment. The 2021 Volkswagen Golf R sits in the middle of the Civic Type R and WRX STI in terms of overall dimensions. Standout exterior dimensions in the 2021 Mini JCW GP are:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Black Mini badge
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Rear wing
  • Brembo brakes with red inserts

2021 Mini JCW GP Safety

The 2020 Mini John Cooper Work was rated 4 out of 5 stars in the crash-test ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and got a “Good” rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2021 Mini JCW GP is not rated by any of the rating agencies in the United States yet. But since the platform is the same, you can expect pretty much the same level of safety from the 2021 John Cooper Works GP. Mini gives a generous list of safety features as standard with the car. The Safety features include:

  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Emergency braking assist

2021 Mini JCW GP Competition

2021 Mini JCW GP vs. 2021 Honda Civic Type-R

The 2021 Mini JCW GP performs slightly better than the Civic Type-R but the difference is not that big in real life. The JCW GP also offers better fuel efficiency than the Civic Type R and the rarity of the car makes it a more desirable choice. But the Honda Civic Type-R comes with the same level of performance and it is also a more practical option compared to the Mini JCW. The Civic Type R costs less than the Mini JCW GP and is more livable for everyday uses than Mini. 

2021 Mini JCW GP vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf R

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf R is marginally better than the Mini JCW GP in real word acceleration. However, Mini produces more power from its 2.0L engine. You can go with any of the two if performance is your priority as both the cars offer similar performance. The Volkswagen offers a more practical interior, and the Mini offers a more classic and sporty design. You can choose the one that suits you better. 

2021 Mini JCW GP vs. 2021 Subaru WRX STI

The 2021 Subaru WRX STI is not in the same league as Mini JCW GP when it comes to performance and handling. The Subaru WRX STI is the cheapest car in the segment and if you are looking for a hot hatch under a limited budget then it makes better sense. But if you can stretch your budget to get the Mini, you should get the Mini JCW GP as it offers better performance and more driving pleasure than the WRX STI.

2021 Mini JCW GP Final Verdict

The 2021 Mini JCW GP is the most powerful Mini that you can buy today. It is a limited-edition hot hatch that sets it apart from the competition. It impresses the enthusiasts with excellent performance and impeccable handling. The engine also manages to deliver pretty good fuel efficiency which is a rarity in the segment. The exterior design language will also turn many eyes when you take it out for a spin. If this is all you want, the 2021 Mini John Cooper Work GP is a great choice for you.