With the announcement of the new 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman crossover All4, we’re sure we’ll have a base platform for new rally cars.
The JCW Countryman has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. That puts it solidly ahead of the nearest sportiest crossovers, making it the fastest little 4×4 crossover out there.
The JCW Countryman’s power is sent to all four wheels through either a standard six speed manual or optional eight speed automatic transmission. Although the automatic has launch control, Mini claims both the manual and automatic JCW Countrymans will reach 60 mph in 6.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 145 mph.
The JCW Countryman also gains improvements in steering and braking departments, with the brakes being upgraded to Brembo units, with the front calipers housing four pistons.
Not much detail has been released about the suspension at this point, but it has been changed for improved handling.
Sporting a JCW Countryman should be easy due to a few exterior and interior tweaks. JCW badges adorn each side of the car, the front bumper holds fog lights and larger air inlets, with the grille gets a red surround. Mini also offers its Rebel Green paint as well as a Chili Red roof and mirrors, both options that are only available on JCW vehicles. The interior receives JCW sport seats, steering wheel, and shifter, too.
The high-performance Countryman will make its public debut at the Shanghai Motor Show and should reach dealers this year. Mini has not revealed pricing as yet.
You can expect to see them on a rally track near you next year, but only by the well financed race teams for sure.