With a model like the peasant in his lineup, might not be so mini mini. At least not in an absolute sense. But since they redid the BMW brand in its own image, have become mini mini BMW. This is certainly the case with John Cooper Works – the performance of the brand label – that division Mini CEO, Dr. Kay Segler, intends to expand to follow the lead set by BMW M who used to run. So, if BMW X5 M and X6 M performance can do crossover, the Mini can. And here you have it.
We had a chance to drive the JCW-spec Countryman while he was still behind the development in December, but now has dropped the details on the mini full production model scheduled to unveil at the Geneva Motor Show next week. But for the things you think the Countryman John Cooper Works is the dilution of a trademark performance in its application to a crossover, of all things, consider that what you see here is the first JCW model with four-wheel drive and the most potent today.
The 1.6-liter turbo four churns out 211 horses and 207 Nm of torque (221 in overboost) through a six-speed transmission (automatic or manual) and the drive system ALL4 all-wheel to push this juiced-up in 7 to 62 Countryman, 1/2. These intentions are announced to the world through devices such as 18-inch alloy wheels, aero kit, sports exhaust and optional chili red roof, mirrors, stripes and seat trim.