Manhart does its magic on the limited-edition Mini JCW GP3 hot hatch.
The Mini Cooper John Cooper Works GP3 announced in November of last year is only the third Mini with the GP tag. Moreover, it’s the fastest production Mini ever, sharing the same engine as parent company BMW’s M135i.
Who’s to look at a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 306 hp and 450 Nm of torque in a lightweight hatchback (1255kg) and say ‘not enough’? I mean, the Volkswagen Polo GTI only manages 197 hp, and so does the Ford Fiesta ST. And many consider these models as benchmarks for performance hatchbacks. The answer, of course, would be the Germans, specifically the team at Manhart. And if you can do what Manhart has done, you certainly get to name it.
Manhart has created the JCW GP3 ‘F350’, a mind-blowing reworking of the latest Mini. It features an ECU tuned by Dutch Mini specialist Beek Auto Racing and an Airtec intercooler. Moreover, some add-ons include a carbon intake and downpipe, a particulate filter delete pipe, and a reworked cat-back exhaust system from Manhart featuring ‘four-stage flap control.’
And what do you get for all these? 350 ps and 530 Nm of torque. Not too shabby, right? Unfortunately, we have no official performance numbers for the Manhart version. However, the factory model does 0-60 in 5 seconds and reaches 165 mph (265 km/h).
Furthermore, AST Suspension springs lower the ride height 20mm front / 15mm back. The Manhart Concave One matte black wheels wrapped with 235/30 ZR19 tires look quite stunning, too. Manhart also added a huge spoiler and bulging fender flares, complementing the traditional squat look.
Manhart also brought the Dutch company JDCustoms to do the paint scheme. As a result, the Mini showcased in the pictures sports a unique full black matte wrap with decorative gold accents and stripes or in British Green with red accents. However, the tuning firm specifies that each F350 it creates will feature a unique one-off color combination.
Other upgrades are also available on request, including a digital multi-function gauge and various interior and exterior parts from Cravenspeed.
All these fancy tunings will cost you, though. Manhart’s performance upgrades total $6,683, on top of the $44,900 for the GP3. Still, when has money actually stopped a real enthusiast anyway?
More details on Manhart’s website.