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JCW Countryman? Sounds like a chain clothing store you'd find at your local shopping mall, but to automotive enthusiasts – Mini aficionados especially – it could only mean one thing: a performance-oriented version of Mini's just-released crossover.

While the thought of the vaunted John Cooper Works badge being applied to a crossover might seem like sacrilege, that's exactly what Bimmer fans – including those within the company – thought before the debut of the M versions of the X5 and X6 crossovers, and that hasn't stopped those models from reaching production. In the shadow of the oddball X6 M, suddenly a JCW Countryman doesn't seem so strange, now does it?

Considering that the base Countryman's turbo four already churns out 184 horsepower (compared to the 172 hp Cooper S hatch), a Works-prepared Countryman could surpass even the JCW Cooper's 211-hp output, driving through all four wheels. Rather interestingly, more than that could put the Countryman into Subaru WRX territory, but we'll likely have to wait a while to see it come to fruition (if it does at all), with sources pegging its potential release in about two years' time.


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[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      this is what i'm getting from this article:

      "let's take what was once a 10-foot-long little rally champion that could, make it two to three times its original size, give it AWD to compensate, and package it as a rally car again!"

      correct me if i'm wrong here.

      if it manages to get a power-to-weight ratio that competes with the STI and the evo, respect. but it's a severe affront to austin mini enthusiasts.

      i love the original austin mini, in just about any shape. the only BMW mini that i like is the R50 (which i like so much that it's my daily driver), the rest are ugly and too big.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the countryman has a JCW model, does it come in auto tranny or only in manual getrag tranny?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is a mini CALIBER!
      • 5 Years Ago
      the Mini is now a Maxi.
      I didn't know John Cooper was into 4 wheelin'
      maybe they should call it the Mini Dennis Anderson Works Countryman
      (he made the Grave Digger http://www.gravedigger.com/)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not so maxi, according to the specs they released last week, it's about 5 inches shorter than a VW Golf/GTI. I'm sure they'll do a JCW, too much money to be made not to. I guess it just remains to be seen on whether it's a Countryman, or the rumored regular car version, ie lowered, that is supposed to compete with the GTI.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "While the thought of the vaunted John Cooper Works badge being applied to a crossover might seem like sacrilege"

      Yup. It is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see the JCW dropped a couple of inches to handle better give around 220 ish Hp thru the awd and Bam you have a sweet ride!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Somebody please explain.

      We make a car that drives rather good higher, possibly turning it into an estate in the process. And then we spend zillions to make it drive as it did when it wasn't higher.... making it useless for the purpose it was built for in the first place....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nuh-uh!

      Of course they will!

      I'm not so sore at the Countryman. I measured/compared. It's the size (exactly) of a Suzuki SX4. That's not so horrible. I could do with a bit more ground clearance than my Cooper has.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the exterior design it's smooth and whity elegant
      http://exoticcarwallpaper.org
        • 5 Years Ago
        yup, when i look first to this picutre, just a momento ago.
        i thought about a porsche(somehow).

        this car is cool.
        atleast on this picture.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering that the base Countryman's turbo four already churns out 184 horsepower (compared to the 172 hp Cooper S hatch)

      According the the press release last week, all new MINI S motors will be churning out 184 HP. Regardless of Chassis. So, there you go. I doubt the JCW Countryman will have more power than any other JCW. MINI FTW!!
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