Let’s just admit it – the MINI Countryman John Cooper Works is a crossover that is not just hot-looking but is also an elegant sporty performer. This is why each time that Mini unveils a new Countryman crossover, sporty minded customers are already watching out for the John Cooper Works performance version of this vehicle.
Just recently, Mini unveiled the next generation Mini Countryman – starting 2017 model year -- at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. And since the previous generation had a JCW version for almost every model year, the next-generation Countryman is also heavily expected to have its own variant. Right now, Mini is probably in the final stages of completing the John Cooper Works version of the Countryman. Not a few are expecting that the Countryman that has been tested at the Nurburgring throughout the year is the next JCW version.
However, it remains a mystery how the next Mini Countryman John Cooper Works would look like. At the Nurburgring, the Mini Countryman believed to be the JCW was wrapped in camouflage so the appearance of this performance-oriented version was far from being totally exposed. However, the camouflaged Mini Countryman clearly reveals larger air intakes on the front bumper, new side skirts, a modified rear bumper and newly designed alloy wheels.
But thanks to the people at RM Car Design, JCW fans are provided with a good idea of the design and appearance of new Mini Countryman John Cooper Works. RM Car Design’s rendering shows the signature JCW stripes on the bonnet, its power dome and a more imposing front bumper as well as modified grille, wider side intakes. It is wrapped in the usual red and comes with upgraded wheels.
As a performance version, the new Countryman JCW should feature a truly dynamic engine. The most powerful version of the 2017 Mini Countryman is a 2.0 petrol engine that provides 189 hp of max output and 280 Nm of peak torque, allowing the subcompact SUV to sprint from nil to 62 mph in 9.6 seconds. However, the engine in the Mini Countryman JCW is expected to do more.
It could be powered by 2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged B48 engine that delivers up to 231 hp of output and up to 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque, with an automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels.
This amount of power should allow the Mini Countryman JCW to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in around 6.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of nearly 150 mph (241 km/h). Of course, a more powerful engine could also be fitted inside the hood of the new Mini Countryman JCW.