Mini Countryman John Cooper Works spy shots - Click above for high-res image gallery

Mini has established a pretty successful formula for its lineup. The party gets started with a base model, followed by a slightly more athletic S variant. But at the very top of the heap, the John Cooper Works trim delivers gut-punching performance with a serious suspension, easy-breathing exhaust and beefy brakes. Judging from a handful of spy photos dredged up by our crafty shooters, it looks like the high-riding Countryman will get a taste of the JCW action, too. The more menacing baby crossover was spotted lapping the infamous Nürburgring in anger ahead of the car's public debut.

On the Countryman, the JCW trim serves up a new spoiler kit, complete with front aero work, side sills and a redesigned rear bumper with an integrated diffuser. Word on the web is that this bruiser will boast a little more power than standard JCW hardware, with its forced-induction 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine churning somewhere between 220 and 230 ponies. All that grunt gets dropped to the pavement via the same All4 all-wheel-drive system found on the lower trim levels.


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      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      "gut punching performance" might be stretching it
        zamafir
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        yup, considering the weight penalty, and current 'performance' of the countryman (a second slower than, say, a GTI), this may just manage to match the GTi's performance, but given Mini's pricing of their models, it'll be priced at Golf R levels. Less room inside than a Golf R, considerably worse performance? Sounds like a boat full of win. /s
          Ak74
          • 3 Years Ago
          @zamafir
          @Aron go take him to a romantic dinner.
          LesPaul1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @zamafir
          Then don't buy it. to me minis are alot more fun than a GTI or Golf R. All you do is bitch and moan about mini & bmw and praise anything vw & audi puts out. go enjoy ur GTI, i'll enjoy my mini. just quit being a baby.
          A Danforth Wilkins
          • 3 Years Ago
          @zamafir
          He's perhaps the biggest VW/Audi fanboy for the past several years on the blog. Never says anything bad about them or any sort of unsatisfaction with the brand. Blind loyalty.
      emperor koku
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't be the only one who immediately looked for the vid of said Mini "rolling."
      MacProMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool, I hope it is siginicantly faster around the block than the base S... I could see myself replacing my 335 with this to get performance AWD and some more utility inside... I see some comments below about a Golf R which seems interesting too but likely won't be interesting enough compared to the MINI- same story with the GTi verus the Hardtop MINI- GTI loses
      stever
      • 3 Years Ago
      can we stop allowing the use of the ring for non worthy vehicles?
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      One thing is for sure about this JCW Countryman, it will underperform and be FAR overpriced just like all the other JCW models. No thanks.
      Timothy Neal Templet
      • 3 Years Ago
      As owner of a current Mini Cooper S, my question is will it stay together and not fall apart?
        Brett Fisher
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Timothy Neal Templet
        Exactly my thought as a MINI S owner.
        AKJeeper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Timothy Neal Templet
        That's kind of the thought I had too. I love my Cooper S, but it certainly isn't what I'd consider a durable car. I would have gotten rid of it a long time ago if it just wasn't so damn fun to drive. The quirks would have been unbearable otherwise.
      BRKF06
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can they squeeze BMW's new 2.0 turbo in it? That chassis matched to the AWD and a 270-280 HP 4 would be amusing. Oh and my 2007 Cooper S - totally perfect. Best car I've owned in terms of reliability (better than my 3 BMWs for sure).
      Felspawn
      • 3 Years Ago
      I must be the only one that actually think that looks pretty nice, i could certainly use a practical fun to drive car that also happens to have AWD. something that doesnt have an interior from the 3rd world like a subaru
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Felspawn
        This is also about $15,000 more than a base Forester, I certainly hope it would have a better interior.
      mojonaut
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've seen a few Countrymans (Countrymen?) around Dublin... and they're frightful. They're not very "mini", and they're slab-faced and awkward.
      SteveM
      • 3 Years Ago
      The grill/fascia reminds me of Pagliacci the sad clown... truly an awkward and unattractive car.
      Hampton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jumbo Mini
      NipponEngine
      • 3 Years Ago
      How come AB can post a pic of this car on a track that says "I
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