2. JCW Minis are frequently crossed-shopped with Porsche.
At first, it sounds a little far-fetched for someone interested in the near-flawless sports-car dynamics of Porsche to also have a hotted-up front-wheel-drive hatchback on their radar. Apparently there’s a closer relationship than meets the eye, though.
“It’s a performance-minded customer,” says Potgieter, “but it’s also the community you buy into when you sign up with one of these brands. Porsche has a very similar following to Mini when it comes to motorsports, especially in terms of cars that focus on character instead of horsepower.”
Looking for the return of the even wilder Mini GP? You'll have to wait until the end of the car's current life cycle.