A few months after the covers were pulled off the next-generation Mini Countryman comes the new John Cooper Works edition, the hottest version of the brand’s biggest-ever SUV.
We previously reported that the regular Countryman now headlines with a fully electric drivetrain, which is all part of Mini’s plan to can petrol engine production by 2030. However, the internal combustion engine hasn’t had its day with the brand just yet, with it being available in C and S trims, and now the new JCW.
The top-of-the-range model is all about performance, which is why a 2.0-litre four-cylinder making 221kW and 400Nm of torque has been nestled under the bonnet, mated to an all-wheel drive system.
When you take into account the Countryman’s slippery profile – boasting a drag coefficient of 0.26 to be exact – it can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 250km/h.
Adding to the sporting flavour is a set of wider 245mm tyres that are said to enhance that typical Mini “go-kart feeling”, wrapping themselves around distinct 19- and 20-inch wheels. Behind its new shoes is a set of brake calipers finished in Chili Red, denoting its spicy nature.
Speaking of chili, red accents can be found all over the JCW’s exterior, including its roof, mirror caps, and restyled front bumper. There are now, count ’em, four tailpipes at the rear, as well as a set of signature taillights that sit upright.
The interior features a “reduced” design featuring a red and black colour scheme, but still remains functional thanks to 1530 litres of luggage space opening up with the rear seats folded down.
An array of driver assistance systems are available as options, including level two autonomous driving which allows drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel on motorways at speeds of up to 60km/h. As standard, a new ‘go-kart mode’ can be selected when behind the wheel for the sake of fun.
There’s no word on New Zealand availability for the new Mini Countryman John Cooper Works at this time.