Published on November 9th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair0
MINI John Cooper Works Countryman Revealed, Still Features Petrol Engine!
While the MINI Countryman has made the leap towards pure electric driving, the John Cooper Works Countryman still comes with a petrol motor.
MINI has transitioned both its core models – the Cooper and the Countryman – to full battery electric power. Having done that, they’ve reintroduced a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine for the high-performance John Cooper Works Countryman model, and we have to say we like this approach. This new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman was revealed today, showing that the company’s new platforms are still flexible and not tied down to pure electric power.
The new sporty compact crossover gets 300hp and 400Nm of torque, which is a lower output than the electric Countryman SE ALL4’s 313hp and 494Nm of torque. In the previous generation, this model came with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. It’s unclear yet if that same gearbox is being reintroduced here. An all-wheel drive “ALL4” system is still present to help it get from 0-100km/h in just 5.4 seconds. Despite having a lower output than the electric model, the top speed is higher at 250km/h.
MINI has fitted high-performance brake calipers in Chili Red, an exhaust flap system as well as an exclusive JCW sound extension for some spicy sounds that are said to be “racing-inspired”. Tyre diameters have been increased by 30mm and tyre with is now 245mm. There are new aero-optimised 19″ and 20″ wheels that are exclusive to JCW. Speaking of aerodynamics, the JCW Countryman has a drag coefficient of just 0.26Cd.
Design features include:
- Vertical reflectors on the front of the car
- MINI LED headlights with horizontal bars in JCW Signature Mode
- New octoganal grille in high-gloss black
- New 3-colour JCW logo
- Chili Red C-pillar and roof
- JCW Signature Mode tail lights
- Red ad black interior
- JCW sports seats
- two-tone textile made from recycled polyester
Pricing for the new MINI JCW Countryman is expected to start at US$47,895 or roughly RM224,340.18 before taxes and duties.