• Jan 27th 2011 at 4:29PM
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Mini Countryman WRC – Click above for high-res image gallery

Tail-slidin', bump-jumpin' heroics are all good and fun, but one of the things we love most about rallying is that the cars are closely based on production models. Often rather ordinary ones at that, like Ford Fiestas, Subaru Imprezas and the like. And what turns easily from a road car into a rally racer can just as easily be turned back into a road car.

Look no further than examples like the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Evo X for evidence. And now that Mini is getting into the World Rally Championship, rumors are beginning to circulate that they're planning a rally-derived performance model as well.

Since the Mini WRC is based on the Countryman crossover, word has it that a showroom-ready, performance-oriented Countryman could be in the works. Something with even more power than the existing JCW version and a wide-body kit for an extra dose of attitude. Even with all the Mini variants on the road and in the pipeline, this one has us particularly intrigued.

Photos by Zach Bowman / AOL

[Source: AUSmotive via MotoringFile]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Well you can't say that Mini is straying from it's rally root's
      • 4 Years Ago
      That would look sweet as a Paceman 2-door street legal car.

      If this vehicle got a bit more power, Minimum 230, but 260-270 would even be better...

      and still ran on regular unleaded... like DFI+turbo...

      with a 6MT and their All4 AWD (hopefully it is a bit more active than merely slip-reactive)

      If it would mean that I could have a very cool car in the garage for nice days, I would drive a tuned up Paceman on less nice days, in the winter, and to do light chores, to save the nice car's pristine condition.

      I kind of wish Subaru would make their Outback Sport version of the Impreza into something that competes with Paceman and Countryman, with Impreza NA or WRX/STI turbo power, and VTD symmetrical AWD. That would be even better, especially if it looked somewhere approaching as stylish yet functional as the less-mini Minis do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Geez... 3 new Mini versions in as many days. I wonder how much theyll charge for this one?! Bend over, everyone!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've said it too many times now, but lose the center speedo and I'd be more than interested. Granted I'm happy to see things like this being made.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do want. So much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This may be more cuteness than I can bare...
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it has as good of quality as my MINI S, I do not want one. Heck, I don't want one ever again, but mine is paid for, as soon as my next repair is done... and the repair after that...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's never happening, right? A Mini that clearly intrudes into BMW territory and doesn't help the CAFE ratings. Munich will not be pleased.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Being a 3 time MINI owner, all before 2005, I have to say that in this trim I'd buy a Countryman, otherwise, gag!
      • 4 Years Ago
      First the Raptor, then The Rally Fighter, then the VW Quatar now this... do the auto companies know something we don't? Is the world coming to an end and now we need better off road vehicles?
        • 4 Years Ago
        And you make it sound like a bad thing
      • 4 Years Ago
      So does that mean the roadgoing versions (if they are produced) will have rally spec displacement and a relative boost in power? And AWD? Because I will be sincerely disappointed if it's a body kit with a WRC sticker and nothing more.
        • 4 Years Ago
        given mini's track record under bmw stewardship, prepare to be disappointed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Countryman is already available with All4 all-wheel drive.

        Scratch that, I just looked it up. It is FWD with low-speed rear wheel assist when slipping. Color me unimpressed.

        The Cooper S version of the clubman is turbocharged, but only offers about 184 horsepower. That seems very low for a turbo 4 with direct injection, twin scroll turbo impeller, and variable valve timing.

        Really low when considering Hyundai gets 90 more horsepower out of their turbo DFI inline 4.

        This makes Forester XT (even hobbled with 230hp and an ancient 4-speed auto) and Kia Sportage SX turbo look all the better on the spec sheets, even if the Mini looks cool aesthetically.
      • 4 Years Ago
      50k anyone?.....................
        • 4 Years Ago
        sadly, you are probably right.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, $50K. The steering wheel, of course, is extra and can be found in the Mini Motoring Accessories catalog.
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