If you’re looking a MINI with a little more performance, this one’s for you. The new John Cooper Works option will make the Countryman one heck of a compact crossover.
MINI will release the high-performance model in April, making for a nice edition to the JCW lineup with a heavy dose of torque and horses.
The John Cooper Works Countryman gets the most powerful engine in a MINI ever. The engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It outputs 228-horsepower with 258 lb-ft of torque. It only offers the ALL4 drive system.
You get a choice of 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmissions. Both transmission options get MINI ratings of 0-60 in 6.2-seconds. That shaves a good 0.8-seconds off the Countryman S ALL4’s time.
The fine-tuning on the JCW edition includes a special sport suspension with Brembo brakes and 18-inch alloy wheels. Like all JCW models, it gets special badging and colors to distinguish it from a regular MINI model. Special red surround grille and air intakes instead of fog lamps finish it off.
If you’re interested in checking out this model and others like it, look into the Nissan Juke, Mercedes-AMG GLA, and BMW X1. By the stats, it cleanly beats even the top Juke Nismo RS which only gets 215-horses. The GLA45 beats it cleanly in that department though with 375-horsepower. However, the Countryman will likely get a lower price tag. Also, check out the other JCW MINIs, including the new Clubman.
Technically it falls into the compact crossover department. To us, it will remain a large hatchback despite its huge growth from the first-generation. The standard Countryman has front-wheel drive and starts at $26,950.
No pricing info yet on the new edition. However, looking at the other JCW editions, we can estimate that it will cost just over 10 grand off the base model. So look for it to arrive this spring in upwards of $37k.
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