The new MINI Countryman JCW gets 221kW and four-wheel drive.
A new MINI Countryman has arrived, and to give it some sporty appeal is a John Cooper Works (JCW) variant. It features uprated performance and plenty of cosmetic tweaks inside and out.
Since MINI revived the Countryman name back in 2010, the hottest variant of the car has been the JCW and the nameplate has returned for the latest third-generation model. The new MINI sits on the same UKL2 platform as the current BMW X1, but the formula remains the same as the previous car: a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine sends power to an ‘ALL4’ four-wheel drive system.
Sport suspension has also been fitted to the JCW as standard which lowers the ride height by 16mm, along with a “high performance braking system”.
This latest model, which for the first time features the new JCW badge, has 221kW and 400Nm of torque. As a result, it’s a fraction slower to 100km/h, taking 5.4 seconds instead of 5.1 – although that does mean it’s 0.2 seconds quicker to 100km/h than the new all-electric Countryman SE. Top speed stands at 250km/h.
The JCW’s transmission has also been changed from an eight-speed automatic to a seven-speed auto.
There’s plenty on the outside to mark the JCW out as the hottest version. It’s only available in ‘Sport Trim’, with bespoke bumpers front and rear, a new grille design finished in gloss black, a contrasting roof and bonnet stripes. It comes as standard with 19-inch wheels, and 20-inch rims come in as a £600 option – both wrapped in wider tyres than you’d find on the old car. As with previous JCW Countrymans, there’s a quad-tip exhaust system too, finished in gloss black.
The interior also gives a few nods to the extra performance on offer. The sport seats are upholstered in black, with red stitching and JCW emblems front and rear. The steering wheel is unique to the JCW as well, with silver accents and further red stitching.
The Countryman JCW is set to arrive in Australia later in 2024.