Mirror mirror on the wall, this is the fastest MINI of them all.
Earlier this week, the 2017 Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) Countryman made its premier, touting the title of being the most powerful model ever produced by the ubiquitous British brand.
Talking about power, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine under the bonnet manages a very respectable 170kW and 350Nm, which manages to catapult the big Mini from rest to 100km/h in just 6.5-seconds, on to its top speed of 234km/h. This makes the new JCW Countryman a good half-second faster than the car it replaces, and 0.8-seconds faster than the Cooper S Countryman ALL4 (all-wheel drive).
Despite these performance figures, the JCW Countryman claims to consume just 7.4l/100km on the combined cycle. There’s plenty of go-faster kit dotted around the place, like sports suspension, Brembo brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels (with an option to upgrade to 19-inch units), a JCW aerodynamics kit (bigger front air intakes), unique interior flourishes (like JCW sports seats), LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, selectable driving modes, and keyless entry/go.
Other goodies on the JCW Countryman gets includes things like adjustable dampers, and an adjustable exhaust system (which we reckon is designed to be loud).
The JCW Countryman will arrive on Australian shores around the second quarter of 2017, with details and specs expected to come about a little closer to the introduction date.