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MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit: Limited to just 30 Units.

Sometimes less is more. For example, when it comes to less weight in a particularly sporting car... Which explains why the MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit is approximately 50 kilograms lighter than the "standard" model. Together with an increase in engine power to 160 kW for a top speed of 235 km/h, this strictly limited special model offers a standard of performance once again significantly better than the performance data of the most powerful MINI available from the factory so far, the MINI Cooper S with its John Cooper Works Tuning Kit. The two letters "GP" in the name of this very special model stand for "Grand Prix" and thus clearly pay tribute to the motorsport DNA of this truly exceptional MINI. The MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit will be limited to a production run of exactly 2,000 units - just 30 of which will be arriving in South Africa in September 2006.

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Midrand/Rosslyn - Sometimes less is more. For example, when it comes to
less weight in a particularly sporting car... Which explains why the
MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit is approximately 50
kilograms lighter than the "standard" model. Together with an
increase in engine power to 160 kW for a top speed of 235 km/h, this
strictly limited special model offers a standard of performance once
again significantly better than the performance data of the most
powerful MINI available from the factory so far, the MINI Cooper S with
its John Cooper Works Tuning Kit. The two letters "GP" in the
name of this very special model stand for "Grand Prix" and
thus clearly pay tribute to the motorsport DNA of this truly
exceptional MINI. The MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit
will be limited to a production run of exactly 2,000 units - just 30 of
which will be arriving in South Africa in September 2006. 1.6-litre
supercharged engine developing 160 kW. The unique MINI CHALLENGE Racing
Series has been thrilling enthusiasts and racing fans in Germany and
many other countries the world over since 2004. The MINI racing cars
entered in these exciting events feature the supercharged1.6-litre
engine of the MINI Cooper S boosted to an even higher level of output
by the John Cooper Works Tuning Kit. In the production model, naturally
covered by the full works warranty, the John Cooper Works Tuning Kit
increases engine output to an impressive 154 kW. Modifications to the
intercooler on the supercharger and the electronic engine management
increase engine output on the MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works
GP Kit to 160 kW clearly symbolised by the throaty sound of the
twin-pipe sports exhaust. With this kind of extra power, the
fast-revving engine featured in the new MINI Cooper S boosted by the
John Cooper Works GP Kit offers even more dynamic and agile performance
with acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h in less than 6.4
seconds (the standard MINI Cooper S with JCW manages 6.6 seconds). And
to get this extra power safely on to the road, the Limited Edition MINI
comes as standard with a limited-slip differential largely preventing
the drive wheels from spinning on either side and thus optimising
traction above all on slippery roads. DSC Dynamic Stability Control is
fitted as standard, further increasing the driving safety of the MINI
Cooper S with its John Cooper Works GP Kit. High-performance brake
system and sports suspension from John Cooper Works. An essential
feature of the John Cooper Works GP Kit is the sports suspension with
components carefully matched to the greater power of the engine. Even
firmer springs and stronger dampers enhance the outstanding agility of
the MINI Cooper S with its John Cooper Works GP Kit particularly in
bends and on winding roads. The high-performance brake system with
16-inch inner-vented discs, in turn, ensures optimum deceleration and
short stopping distances, red-painted brake callipers on the front
wheels providing a particularly visual highlight. Low-profile tyres
and 18-inch light-alloy rims developed especially for the MINI Cooper S
with the John Cooper Works GP Kit are further standard features.
Through their lower weight, these wheels reduce the car's unsprung
masses and at the same time enhance the sporting performance of the
MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit. Special aerodynamic
package and exclusive colour scheme. The MINI Cooper S with its John
Cooper Works GP Kit also features an exclusive Aerodynamics Package.
New highlights are the front and rear air dams, the extra-low
side-sills, and the underfloor cover. The roof spoiler with its wing
profile, in turn, is already featured in a similar configuration on some
of the cars raced in the MINI CHALLENGE. The Aerodynamics Package
significantly improves the car's drag coefficient and downforce both
front and rear, benefiting both the top speed of the MINI Cooper S and
its driving behaviour at high speeds. The new MINI Cooper S with its
John Cooper Works GP Kit stands out clearly from all other MINIs at
very first sight through its exclusive metallic paintwork in Thunder
Blue. Another exclusive feature is the combination of this highly
attractive colour with a roof finished in Pure Silver. The surrounds on
the air scoops along the engine compartment lid and in the front air
dam are also finished in Pure Silver, while white direction indicators
come as standard. The exterior mirrors, in turn, come in an attractive
contrasting colour - fiery Chili Red. The first production MINI with
only two seats. The purist interior of the MINI Cooper S with its John
Cooper Works GP Kit exudes more than just a "touch" of
motorsport. But at the same time driving and riding in the new model is
not only more sporting and dynamic, but also more comfortable, both the
driver and passenger enjoying sports seats from Recaro, the renowned
German specialist, offering perfect side support, adjustable thigh
support and integrated seat heating. The seats themselves are finished
in Panther Black leather, with red seams again providing a dynamic and
sporting contrast. The special three-spoke leather sports steering
wheel enhances the driving pleasure offered by the MINI Cooper S with
its John Cooper Works GP Kit to an even higher standard. The direct
steering transmission ratio, in turn, enables the driver to steer this
exceptional MINI with ultimate precision round every bend, almost like
in a go-kart. Integrated multi-function buttons, in turn, allow the
driver to operate the radio and cruise control without even taking his
or her hands off the wheel. Through its particular design with the rev
counter positioned behind the steering wheel and the central
arrangement of the speedometer, the dashboard again underlines the
sporting character of the car. Both displays in their classic circular
design come in Anthracite, with red needles ensuring excellent clarity
and readability. The display of the on-board computer featured as
standard, finally, is integrated into the rev counter. The principle
that "less is sometimes more" is also borne out clearly at the
rear, with the entire rear seat bench being dropped in the interest of
weight reduction. So the space formerly taken up by the rear seats is
now available as a flat loading area. And for greater convenience, the
entire floor of the luggage compartment can be folded up in
Z-arrangement for easy access to two additional storage boxes. In
the interest of even lower weight, the engineers responsible for
developing this outstanding new model have also taken a close and
detailed look at the technical features of this very special sporting
MINI: On the rear axle, track control arms made of aluminium replace
the conventional units - again a special feature carried over from
motorsport. Further modifications on the body of the car, and of some
of the sound-deadening material all come together to reduce the overall
weight of the car by approximately 50 kilograms versus a MINI Cooper S
with an average range of equipment, thus optimising the car's
power-to-weight ratio. Wide range of standard equipment. The wide
range of standard equipment boasted by this particularly sporting
special version of the MINI leaves virtually nothing to be desired.
Apart from the special components of the John Cooper Works GP Kit
(power unit, suspension, Aerodynamics Package), this special model also
comes as standard with an on-board computer, and velour footmats.
Leather sports seats by Recaro, a radio complete with CD player (Boost
model), the leather sports steering wheel with multi-function buttons,
a Lights Package as well as sun-dim glazing on the rear side windows
and the rear window are all standard. Again reflecting the special
features of a Limited Edition collector's item, the MINI Cooper S with
the John Cooper Works GP Kit comes with an individual production number
(1-2,000). And boasted on both the roof and the dashboard in Black on
Silver, this number clearly confirms once and forever that this MINI is
limited to just a small collection of very special cars for the very
special customer. Only thirty (30) lucky South African's will get the
opportunity to own the fastest MINI ever produced, at an indicative but
as yet unconfirmed price of R290 000.

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