215bhp 1.6-litre turbo four; 0-60mph in 7.0sec; top speed 140mph

The hottest version yet of the Mini Countryman, the John Cooper Works, has been unveiled at today's Geneva motor show.

Powered by a 215bhp 1.6-litre turbo four, the car is claimed by Mini to cover 0-60mph in 7.0sec and hit 140mph. Peak torque of 207lb ft is on tap between 2000rpm and 5600rpm, and an overboost function adds a further 14lb ft.

See pictures of the Mini Countryman JCW

However, the aim is to make the car less aggressive than other JCW Minis. So the sports suspension, which reduces the ride height by 10mm, isn’t as firm as other JCWs. The car runs on unique 18-inch alloy wheels as standard.

Read our first drive review of a Mini Countryman JCW prototype

The Countryman is the first JCW to have an automatic gearbox option. Its 0-60mph dash is identical to the manual’s and its top speed 1mph less.

However, the auto has 35.3mpg fuel economy to the manual’s 39.2mpg and it emits 20g/km more CO2 at 187g/km.

Sales start in September with a price of £27,800, which is a £5k premium over the Countryman Cooper S.

Julian Rendell

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29 February 2012

I know that the Countryman hardly qualifies as 'mini' but 18 inch wheels are surely overkill? Admittedly the wheel-arches are vast and would swallow anything less.


29 February 2012

I'll keep this short, £27,800 for a Countryman! Each to their own I suppose.

 

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29 February 2012

They seem to be on a mission to boldly explore the out reaches of ugliness just that little bit further with every new version.

DKW

29 February 2012

Produce a jacked-up version of the standard car, call it 'Countryman', and charge extra for it. Put the suspension back down, but the price further up, and sit back wetting yourself with laughter to see who will buy it.

29 February 2012

I'm not a fan of the countryman styling, but I see the appeal of it to some people. However, this just makes a challenging looking car worse. It would really need to be a belter to drive to justify its price. There will be those out there that will have to have it, as it is the top if the range version.

29 February 2012

I could write ten paragraphs on why this is possibly the most stupid, pointless and unnecessary car currently on sale without repetition. But despite all the hate, I have a very small soft spot for this Countryman JCW. And I really don't know why!

29 February 2012

[quote Fidji]But despite all the hate, I have a very small soft spot for this Countryman JCW. And I really don't know why![/quote] You're just weird :p

29 February 2012

Its sad to see that with every new addition to Mini that the spirit of what

It is sad to see that with every new version BMW are moving the Mini further and further away from the spirit of the original concept.Ugly exterior and retro ugly interior.

29 February 2012

Impressive front-end view, mmm. Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time ever, we present to you, for your hilarity and incredulity - a car that resembles a bulldog chewing a wasp!

29 February 2012

That is one seriously minging bodykit. Jesus wept, I don't mind the Countryman but that just looks embarassing. Bet it drives well though.

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