The high-performance John Cooper Works (JCW) version of the Mini Countryman will be seen at Mini’s stand at the Geneva Motor Show this March. Mini has released the official pictures of a prototype Mini Countryman JCW that is presently being subjected to final evaluation tests in wintery conditions in Austria.
Mini hasn’t officially disclosed the exact technical specifications of the model. Sources have told Autocar that the JCW will be getting a significant power boost over the Mini Countryman Cooper S it is based on. The turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine has been increased from 177bhp to 215bhp.
It’s not yet certain how much its torque will increase or what the exact boost in performance figures are. However, the power hike implied that the Countryman JC will accelerate from zero to 62mph in about 7.0sec. The Cooper S sprints from zero to 62mph figure in 7.6sec. Sources said that the JCW will use a sports suspension derived from the Cooper S.
It is 10mm lower than the Cooper S with a 139mm ride height. The front anti-roll bar has a diameter of up to 23mm and its rear was increased to 17mm. Its rear brakes are slated to soon get an upgrade, with 296mm in diameter rear discs rather than the 280mm discs on the Cooper S.
The prototype is thinly disguised but it’s obvious that the Countryman JCW will receive similar muscular styling upgrades as seen on JCW versions of other models in the Mini lineup. These feature a different grille and front bumper, flared wheel arches and a new rear bumper and pseudo diffuser with integrated dual exhausts.