The Mini Countryman John Cooper Works has been spotted testing again ahead of its expected launch early next year.
The latest spy pictures show a few more details of the hot Countryman, including the redesigned front bumper and grille and side windows, although we've already seen the standard Countryman at its LA motor show reveal.
The JCW Countryman will top the range and is expected to use the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine from the regular JCW Mini hatchback, which produces 228bhp. It'll also get Mini's All4 all-wheel drive system, like the JCW Clubman.
Also like the Clubman JCW, the Countryman JCW is expected to get the same upgrades to its suspension, cooling, braking and exhaust systems, in addition to more aggressive bodywork. The Clubman JCW reaches 62mph from a standstill in 6.3sec, so expect a slightly slower time for the Countryman.
Mini couldn't confirm any details on when we might see the JCW, but the advanced stage of testing it's at, and the fact we've seen the standard car, suggests we won't have to wait long to see the JCW range-topper. When it arrives, a price of around £32,000 seems likely; the next-highest spec version is the SD All4, which costs £29,565.