The Los Angeles International Auto Show started today, and we already had the opportunity to see a lot of new models, concepts and so on. The first model that comes to mind is the 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP that was revealed here for the first time. The ones interested in the car should know that it is available only in Thunder Grey metallic. It also features an aerodynamic body kit, tinted xenon headlights and to transfer the output to the road, the engineers have offered 17-inch alloy wheels.
The production process started this fall and apparently only 2000 units will be built for the entire globe. The North American market will receive 500 units and the starting price was established at $39.950. Under the hood it hides an upgraded 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine capable of generating 211 horsepower and 207 lb. ft. of torque. The high-traction sports tires offered as standard offer awesome cornering grip, impressive performance and impeccable braking. The power produced enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and to reach a top speed of 150 mph. Twin-scroll turbocharging produces high boost pressure and direct injection ensures precisely controlled fuel supply, while fully variable valve control, based on the VALVETRONIC technology developed by the BMW Group, helps maximize engine responsiveness and efficiency.
To transfer the output to the road, the engineers have provided a 6-speed manual transmission. The aerodynamic body parts like the large front and rear aprons, striking side sills and model-specific roof spoiler not only add to the eye-catching appearance, but also play an important role in controlling air flow. A 6% reduction in drag is reflected in improved fuel economy and a higher top speed. The 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP dates back more than 50 years and it also carved out a highly successful career in motor sport, where it was three-time winner of the Monte Carlo Rally.
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