A high-performance John Cooper Works version of the MINI Countryman will make its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
This car will give you a taste of the Countryman WRC rally car with its turbocharged 1.6 liter engine developing 215 hp.
While official performance figures are yet to be revealed, the Countryman JCW is expected to have a 0 to 60 acceleration time of around 7 seconds, which is not what you call sprightly but pretty good for such an enormous Mini.
The JCW version will also be sportier in nature than the Cooper S upon which it’s based. Not that the Countryman is a bona fide off-roader, but anyway, the JCW sits 10mm lower and features stiffer springs and thicker anti-roll bars. The brakes are also upgraded over the Cooper S.
As usual, the JCW version also sports a couple of unique visual features to be distinguished over normal models, such as flared wheel arches, revised bumpers and grilles, and dual exhausts. The car is currently doing its final winter tests in Austria.