Mini Countryman a JCW rocketman

2012-03-01 14:57

Mini will be hitting the 2012 Geneva auto show with a bang as it prepares to strip the covers off the race-ready John Cooper Works Countryman model with its sizzling 160kW engine.

While Wheels24 has already reported on the new concept and special edition models that will be showcased the automaker’s 2012 Geneva auto show stand, it appears Mini has saved the most thrilling for last.

The athletic Mini John Cooper Works Countryman is powered by the latest version of BMW’s 1.6, four-cylinder engine with a twin-scroll turbo, direct injection and variable valve control, to generate 160kW/280Nm.

Another welcome addition is the always-fun overboost function that pops the peak torque output to 300Nm.


The sixth JCW model in the current Mini range is able to accelerate to 100km/h in seven seconds and its top speed is a claimed 225km/h for the six-speed manual.

2012 Mini JCW Countryman

SPORTING CHANCE: The cabin of the John Cooper Works Countryman is distinguished by special sports equipment - you might also notice the red detailing.

The JCW comes standard with a beefy aerodynamic kit featuring a lowered sports suspension and 18” alloy rims, dynamic stability control and traction control.

Apart from being the first Mini performance model to come with all-wheel drive, it will also be the first to come with an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

Standard cabin equipment includes snug sports seats, a sports steering wheel and “model-specific displays and controls”.

The Mini Countryman JCW is expected to arrive in South Africa towards the end of 2012.

Read more reports from the 2012 Geneva auto show.

  • Lourens - 2012-03-02 07:06

    You forgot to mention this "little" car will cost half a bar!!!

  • tinush - 2012-03-02 08:40

    160kW, and 0-100 in 7sec? This car is one for the fanboys. looks great, but everything else is a bit disappointing.

  • dean.m.w.za - 2012-03-02 14:50

    and Citroen just got 191kw from the same engine in the DS4 racing concept

  • Roger - 2012-03-02 16:16

    its a frikkin 1600, nuff said, oh, and a mini. Like some call the GTR a datsun, well, the mini, a leyland.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-04 12:05

    LMAO...and yet, people will buy this rubbish, all because they need it...LOL...over 500k, watch.

  • Dean - 2012-03-05 09:48

    Stupid looking thing. The name "MINI" implies SMALL.. yet they are now trying to make this stupidly HUGE thing even bigger than GOLFS and the link. Keep it small. A BIG small car looks stupid. MINI sucks.

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