Thursday, May 21, 2015

18k: Grande Price: 2006 MINI Cooper S John Cooper Works GP

"Mini has lost its way, man." "Yeah, the new ones are just bloated, overpriced, kitschy garbage aimed at the lifestyle vehicle market." "Totally. They're nothing like my old 2006 JCW GP." Shocked? This could be a legitimate conversation between two modern Mini enthusiasts. Or the start of a fight between an Austin Mini and a BMW Mini driver about corporate BMW oversight, creeping rust, size and implied safety, giant-slaying, and other buzzwords. If you're a neo-nostalgist aching for the best of the newest cars to bear the Mini badge, the supercharged, 1.6-liter R53 GP is for you. Find this 2006 Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works GP here on eBay, located in West Chester, PA for $17,900 buy-it-now via eBay.


Before S models were updated to a turbocharged engine in 2007, Mini's John Cooper Works took one final crack at it. They stole its backseat and replaced it with a chassis brace. They also gutted over 60 pounds (or nearly 100 if you can live without A/C), swapped its steel rear trailing arms for aluminum pieces, picked up a new supercharger, intercooler, and bigger injectors. Apply carbon fiber liberally, and you have a 215-horsepower, 149-mph, 0.35 (vs 0.39 stock) drag coefficient, 6-speed, 2,600-pound two-seater. But the most important figure is 415: the number of units sold in the U.S.


Like any limited-production car, their scarcity keeps prices high. In 2006, JCW GPs had a suggested retail price of $31,150. Examples with 28,000 miles sell for that much or more. Also like other rare cars, they seemingly beg for criticism against their price premium. "I could defecate in a bag and it would be rare!" Facts are facts, and the "GP" badge adds just eight horsepower over a contemporary John Cooper Works Mini. Cooper S models had 168 horsepower. You could build one for much less.


For nearly the price of a new base Mini, you can get this 93k-mile GP with an additional engine mount bracing, aftermarket radio, a goofy add-on cup holder, and a 10-MPG demerit (at least) compared to the three-cylinder turbo in the new cars. But hey, that carbon fiber wing is pretty neat.


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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.

9 comments:

  1. That's not an add on cup holder that is the goofy U.S. market cup holder. The one off my R53 is in a box in the garage. I will give it to the second owner when I eventually sell it on.

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    1. That's not a goofy, non-functional cup holder, that's a lighter cup holder, contributing greatly to the loss of 60 lbs. Or else a crappy after thought.

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    2. Crappy afterthought on U.S. bound 2005 - 2006 MINI's after too many people complained that they couldn't fit their Big Gulp in the "as designer intended" cup holder. I removed mine as it is ugly and stupid.

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  2. This one seems to have a bigger "snout" than the Mini's I usually see on the streets. I guess that helps attract snooty buyers.

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  3. It is silly but I have never driven a new Mini. My guess I would fall in love with the way it handles.
    I really like these cars, it is just really hard for me to look past the flava flav sized speedo and cartoon style accoutrements.
    Maybe if I bought one I could tear out the stuff I don't like and just add a Stack race display.

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    1. I thought they did a pretty good job with interior of the first BMW-MINI. The central speedo and two air vents next to it is an homage to the original.

      [img]http://www.pioneer-automobiles.co.uk/Resources/library4/Austin_Mini_1000_12_dash.gif[/img]

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/oRrlxeL.jpg[/img]

      With the second and third gen BMW-MINI all of that went out the window and the designers went with "just make it weird" as their design brief.

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    2. Any car that has an OEM hidden glovebox to stash your stash in has merit in my book...even though I don't have a stash, nor do I wear a 'stache.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/AYdfMBe.jpg?1[/img]

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    3. Second gen BM-MINI has the stash box. I think it has a lot of de-merits compared to the first gen and of course the Ur-Mini.

      Like I said, I think the designers started to think a little too highly of themselves with the second gen cars. The third gen is just all about the money (I'm looking at you 4 door hardtop).

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  4. I often find myself looking at these MINIs and thinking:

    "self, I wonder if Minnie Driver is a MINI driver?"

    [img]https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/18/aa/43/18aa433442d3335e313d6bbf55bf5bd8.jpg[/img]

    doesn't really matter if not...

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