Why the 2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP Matters: As should be obvious from a quick glance around the industry, hot hatches have never been hotter. The Blue Oval recently released the 2013 Ford Focus ST and confirmed the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, the Chrysler Group has added a drop-top model to its 2013 FIAT 500 Abarth, the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo may go topless soon as well (see the Roll Top concept from this year’s L.A. Auto Show), Volkswagen is prepping the all-new 2014 VW GTI for U.S. buyers, and even GM is earning some fans for its 2013 Chevy Sonic RS.
Clearly then, it was time for one of the segment’s pioneers to step up its game, and the result is the 2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP—the fastest production car to ever wear the MINI moniker. With the brand continuing to expand its portfolio in unexpected directions, the GP should be a quick reminder of MINI’s roots while also adding a touch of exclusivity to the range. Just 2,000 will be built globally, with a mere 500 coming to America, and its price tag will be anything but MINI. Drivers will need to pony up $39,950 for the car, although that does include a $700 destination fee.