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2018 MINI Countryman JCW Spied Testing Almost Uncovered

MINI engineers are testing a production-ready version of the Countryman JCW.
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The variant’s name translates to John Cooper Works, which signifies the most performance oriented version in the lineup. As you can clearly observe, MINI did not bother camouflaging the prototype too much, but the places that do have different elements come with the company’s particular illusion-creating vinyl. Moreover, MINI even featured a car with its classic stripes on the hood, as well as matching roof and mirror caps.

The JCW version of the MINI Countryman features a different suspension and braking system when compared to the new Countryman Cooper S. Do not imagine dramatic changes here, but things are configured to provide a slightly sharper handling.

Having driven the two versions of the previous generation model, we can tell you that you will feel the changes, but you have to pay particular attention to things to observe them.

In other words, if you were blindfolded and driven in a Countryman Cooper S and a Countryman John Cooper Works, the differences between them will only be felt if you are attentive to how the vehicle feels.

From a design point of view, you can spot a new design of alloy rims, bigger air intakes on the front bumper, new side skirts, and a modified rear bumper.

The first time we saw the 2017 MINI Countryman JCW was when the vehicle was undergoing its Nurburgring testing phase. At the time, the model was taking a beating from the development team, and its body was covered in camouflage. The same mask pattern can be observed in this example, if you look closely.

MINI is expected to launch the Countryman JCW soon, and you should see it in showrooms by next spring. Expect it to have a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, which should develop 231 HP and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft), just like its hatchback brother. The 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint time should be about 6.5 seconds, with a top speed close to 150 mph (241 km/h). MINI might surprise everyone with more power, but that is just a rumor.


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