Hot Mini Countryman revealed


Fancy the Mini Countryman but want to add some speed for good measure?

Well, you're in luck, with the carmaker announcing a John Cooper Works version.

Part of Mini's performance line, John Cooper Works, the car will be the first in the brand to come with Mini's ALL4 all-wheel drive, and promises to combine "racing passions on road with extreme driving fun on rough terrain".

Powered by a new 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, it boasts 218bhp and will reach 60mph in seven seconds.

Costing £28,995, the JCW badge not only makes it the most powerful engine in the Mini range, but means the model will get JCW cockpit design with sports seats, sports steering wheel and a range of other stylish sporty trims to distinguish it from your average Mini.

The car has already proven its prowess and sporting potential in a string of World Rally Championship appearances, with the Countryman JCW now making this performance available to the masses.

Last year Autoblog exclusively revealed that the maker was planning to produce hot versions of its cars inspired by its rallying endeavours.

As Mini expands its range further, the model is the first JCW iteration with four doors and a large tailgate, while the rear section of the car can be ordered with either a seat bench for three passengers or a pair.

The announcement follows last week's news that Mini is launching its quickest ever model.

The John Cooper Works GP will be able to hit 150mph and crack 60mph in just six seconds. Costing £28,790, the stripped-out two-seater features a modified version of the standard JCW's 1.6-litre turbocharged engine.

Mini Countryman JCW

Mini Countryman JCW