Well, for me anyway. I notice that there is a brand new Mini John Cooper Works Countryman for everyone to go out and buy. Now I know that you can go and see Countrymans bouncing around in the WRC, but has there ever been an uglier Mini? Or a more expensive one for that matter, at £28,595.

I know its got four-wheel drive and lots of important abbreviations including DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) and EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control). Inside there are sports seats, sports steering wheel, interior trim strips in Piano Black or Chili Red, anthracite-coloured roof liner and dark speedometer and rev counter dials, John Cooper Works door sills and optional Lounge Leather seat trim in Carbon Black Championship Red.

That still doesn’t sound like £28.5k’s worth to me even if it will get to 60mph in seven seconds. But then I nearly forgot it can have five or possibly four seats and up to 1,170 litres of luggage space.

It still doesn’t make any sense to me, although BMW marketing must have made a pretty convincing case for whacking the Countryman with an even uglier stick.

So is this a Mini too far, or do you think we haven’t seen anything yet?