It's only the third week of October but the Christmas feeling should just be right around the corner, and what better present to ask from Santa than a snazzy Mini John Cooper Works GP by Manhart? We hope you've been good this year because this isn't just any ordinary JCW GP – this is Manhart we're talking about, after all.
Donning a British Racing Green paint job with striking red highlights, this JCW GP has been appropriately named the F350, in which the "F" probably stands for fast and the 350 is the actual power (we're joking in the former and not the latter) and was built in collaboration with Beek Auto Racing from the Netherlands.
Gallery: Christmas Comes Early With Manhart F350 Mini JCW
Inspired by Great Britain's motorsport history and traditions, this Manhart F350 wears the aforementioned special colours, working well with the already aggressive kit on the base JCW GP. In fact, each F350 will sport a unique livery, ensuring exclusivity with each model. This just happens to have the holiday cheer going on. There are some more Manhart touches in the form of racing and decorative stripes, too, as well as 19-inch Concave One alloys. Of course, the rather sporty looks would be nothing without actual performance, and Manhart delivers on all fronts.
The performance gain from the B48 mill, a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-banger, goes up to 350 bhp and 390 lb-ft, a significant boost from the original 301 bhp and 332 lb-ft of torque in the regular Mini John Cooper Works GP. This is thanks to an ECU remap and a Manhart intercooler. To let that engine sing, and still meet emissions standards, Manhart has equipped this F350 with a petrol particle filter replacement pipe and a cat-back exhaust system with four-stage flap control by their friends at Remus.
Keeping things planted is a set of lowering springs, dropping this F350 by 20 millimetres ta the front and 15 millimetres at the rear. Additionally, Manhart offers three versions of fully adjustable coilovers from AST Suspension in the Netherlands. Those looking to purchase performance parts for their Mini John Cooper Works GPs can expect more stuff from Manhart in the coming months, and their close relationship with Beek Auto Racing means an even wider selection of goodies for an already smoking hot hatch.