Mini Countryman John Cooper Works US pricing announced

Article by Christian A., on September 28, 2012

Mini’s Countryman John Cooper Works edition costs $35,550. Customers would be paying for its speed-boosting features. The most significant addition to the small crossover is the standard ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. This means that it’s the first JCW model to get the technology. It uses an electromagnetic center differential that evenly distributes power between the front and rear wheels.

However, it could also direct power to where the car could get the highest benefit. What powers the all-wheel-drive setup is a twin-scroll turbocharged 1.6-liter four pot engine that produces 208 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. The standard equipment includes a six-speed manual gearbox. But what’s offered as an option is a six-speed automatic with Steptronic function and steering wheel shift paddles.

The car can sprint from zero to 60mph in just seven seconds. Mini also claims that the model can return around 31 mpg. To boost the performance, the JCW Countryman features MacPherson struts in the front. Meanwhile, a central-arm rear axle was adapted particularly for the sporty model.

This model is 10-mm lower than the standard Countryman. It also gets thicker sway bars, bigger brakes, and 18-inch wheels. Mini had only announced a few options. So far, it has said that it will offer the following: 19-inch lightweight aluminum wheels, black or red leather-trimmed sport seats and interior trim, and red exterior stripes.

MINI Countryman John Cooper Works is distinguished by its innovative chassis technology. It integrates a MacPherson spring strut front axle (single-joint), a central-arm rear axle, efficient brakes with red calipers, and an Electric Power Steering that functions with speed-sensitive power assistance. The rear disks are 296mm in diameter and 10mm in thickness while the front brake disks measure 307mm x 24mm. Its standard suspension consists of reinforced anti-roll bars, stiff tuning for the springs, and a 10mm decrease in ride height.

The Twin Spoke 18-inch wheels are made of light-alloy with spoke fronts that are polished and that have black rim wells fused as standard. These go well with 225/45 R18 format tires. The 19-inch wheels are also made exclusively to be offered as another option.

The regular Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system also has the Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) mode that permits a certain degree of wheel spin to facilitate pulling away on snow or sand that is loose.

If the DSC mode is turned off, an automatic locking function operating the front axle differential is activated.

In sharp corners, it stops a spinning wheel as necessary for handling improvement. Called the EDLC or the Electronic Differential Lock Control, it improves the traction of the car without affecting the steering properties negatively.

With the MINI Countryman John Cooper Works, road handling is paired with a wide array of safety tools and equipment. The high-strength build of the car is complemented with safety features such as side curtain airbags for rear and front seats, side and front airbags, three-point seatbelts for drivers and passengers, belt force limiters and belt tensioners for front occupants, and ISOFIX attachments for child seats in the rear that provide exceptional protection. The highest five-star grade was awarded to the MINI Countryman during the crash testing in the EURO NCAP.

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