Cooper S r53
Thunder Blue / Pure Silver
Participated in Silverstone.
2006 Mini Cooper S r53 (Thunder Blue / Pure Silver)
Inside in place of the rear seats; a flat loading platform and an aluminium strut brace is fitted. The GP was also fitted with Recaro leather seats which feature adjustable thigh support and heating. The 3-spoke leather sports multifunction steering wheel looks after the radio and cruise control. Each car is individually numbered 0-2000 with the number proudly displayed on the roof and dashboard.
The Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit (GP1) was built as a â€œBody in Whiteâ€� car at the Mini Plant in Oxford before being shipped to Bertone in Italy for assembly, hand finishing and painting. It was limited to a production run of 2000 cars during the 2006 model year, with only 444 of those intended for the UK market. The Cooper S engine was tuned to produce 218 BHP and 245Nm of Torque, which propel the GP from 0-62mph in under 6.5secs. The GP features a larger Intercooler over the Cooper S, and a Limited Slip Differential as standard. The â€œThunder Blueâ€� paint was exclusive to the GP and the Pure Silver roof and Chilli Red mirror caps make it instantly recognisable. The remodelled front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts, under-body panelling and carbon fibre boot spoiler all help improve aerodynamics, and the exclusive lightweight 18â€� alloy wheels and JCW brakes ensure it handles and stops as well as it looks. The standard steel R53 rear-axle trailing arms were also removed and replaced with lighter stiffer aluminium units. The rear screenâ€™s rear wiper was also deleted to save more weight.