Matt Robinson profile picture Matt Robinson 21 days ago 1
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The Manhart Mini 'GP3' Has 350bhp And Lots Of Gold Bits

Manhart has worked its gold-heavy magic on the new Mini JCW GP to create the 'GP3 F350'

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Mini - The Manhart Mini 'GP3' Has 350bhp And Lots Of Gold Bits - Tuning

The JCW GP is Mini‘s most extreme road car ever. It develops 302bhp, will do 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds (despite being front-wheel drive), has a widened track and is packing some serious aero.

You really don’t need any more potency in a small 2WD hot hatch, but if someone wants to have a crack at turning the wick up even further, we’re not going to complain. Enter stage left, Manhart.

Mini - The Manhart Mini 'GP3' Has 350bhp And Lots Of Gold Bits - Tuning

The German tuner has created the ‘GP3 F350’, which involves an ECU tweak from Dutch Mini specialist Beek Auto Racing. This boosts the ‘B48’ BMW four-pot to 345bhp (350hp), while the torque rises from 332 to 390lb ft. So long as you can get a clean enough launch, a sub-five-second 0-62mph it surely possible.

Mini - The Manhart Mini 'GP3' Has 350bhp And Lots Of Gold Bits - Tuning

To go with the software changes, there’s an Airtec intercooler, a particulate filter delete pipe and a Manhart cat-back exhaust system with something called “four-stage flap control”.

The F350 has also been treated to a 20mm front/15mm rear drop on AST Suspension springs, Manhart Concave One wheel wrapped in 235/30/19 tyres, and a matt black wrap with the signature gold accents.

Mini - The Manhart Mini 'GP3' Has 350bhp And Lots Of Gold Bits - Tuning

There’s more to come, too - Manhart says it’s working on “several other engine stage upgrades”. Downpipes, another full exhaust system and a carbon intake are all developed, along with a set of coilovers.