MINI has added more models to the lineup of John Cooper Works offered to customers. This marks the first time ever that all-wheel drive can be experienced with MINI racing-inspired thrills. The worldwide launch of MINI John Cooper Works is set in autumn 2012. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman will be offered as standard equipment with the all-wheel-drive system dubbed ALL4. In addition, it is fitted with a recently developed four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 211 hp. With this new combination, the driver is guaranteed extreme driving enjoyment on all types of terrain. The John Cooper Works Countryman can be ordered with a six-speed automatic gearbox as another option to the standard six-speed manual – the first model from John Cooper Works model to be available with such option.
The first five-seater from MINI – the Countryman – actually already has the racing genes that display the character of each MINI. But with the help of John Cooper Works, these models are able to showcase their finest features even better. The new engine and the MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system raise the output further and also lends a remarkable style. The JohnCooper Works suspension guarantees that each change in direction comes with plenty of agility. As a result, the car can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 7.1 seconds. MINI has yet to announce the U.S. fuel economy figures but in the EU test cycle, it offers an average fuel consumption of 7.2 liters per 100 kilometers / 39.2 mpg imp.
This results in an excellent return when the performance on offer (automatic transmission: 8.0 liters/100 km and 35.3 mpg imp) is considered. The unique style of this sixth John Cooper Works model in the MINI range is seen in the car’s design, such as with this special selection of paint finishes, light-alloy wheels and interior materials. The standard equipment on the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman includes an aerodynamic kit, a set of 18-inch light-alloy wheels, a sports exhaust system with chrome tailpipes and door sills that carry the logo of John Cooper Works. Buyers may request for the color Chili Red to serve as a contrasting paint finish for the roof and exterior mirrors. The interior may also get a smattering of Chili Red color such as on the sports seat to create a sports car ambience like what the other John Cooper Works models also offer.