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Mini Countryman John Cooper Works revealed

Would John Cooper be turning in his grave?...

MINI has unveiled the Countryman John Cooper Works, ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

Looking very aggressive, the model has a new aerodynamic body kit and lowered sports suspension. The bodykit at the front consists of a new lower front bumper with extended splitter and integrated intakes, a chrome-lipped grille with a new design and dark tinted headlights. At the side there are graphics and extended side skirts with faux vents at the rear. The back end of the JCW gets a new roof/hatch spoiler and a rear bumper which incorporates the twin exhaust outlets for the sports exhaust and a small diffuser.

There is a new design of 18-inch alloy wheel as standard (19” are options) that house a high-performance braking system to help stop the JCW. The cabin features sport seats, a sport steering wheel and piano black or Chili Red trim. Elsewhere, there's revised instrumentation and JCW-branded sill plates.

Power comes from a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 211 bhp and 207 lb/ft of torque (221 lb-ft with overboost). For the first time a JCW model can be connected to an ALL4 all-wheel drive system, which enables this model to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 7.0 seconds and hit a top speed of 140 mph. There is also, for the first time on a JCW, the option of a six-speed automatic gearbox which tops out at 139 mph.

In terms of efficiency, owners can expect to average 39.2 mpg and have CO2 emissions of 167 g/km. With the automatic, the figures are 35.3 mpg and 187 g/km.

Pricing information hasn't been released, but the JCW Countryman will start arriving at European dealerships this autumn and should be around £27,500.

Images courtesy of Mini

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About Tim Oldland

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