New MINI Countryman JCW breaks cover - priced from £42,120
The more sporty version of MINI’s largest model boasts 296bhp for 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds
The range-topping MINI Countryman John Cooper Works (JCW) variant has arrived, starting from £42,120.
The JCW's exterior distinguishes itself with the exclusive 'Sport Trim', featuring bespoke front and rear bumpers, a newly designed gloss black grille, and roof and bonnet stripes.
It rides on standard 19-inch wheels, though these can be upgraded to 20-inch rims for £600. At the rear can be found a quad-tip exhaust system, finished in gloss black. Performance comes from a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, with power channelled to an ‘ALL4’ four-wheel drive system.
It makes 296bhp and 400Nm of torque, which makes it marginally less powerful than its predecessor by 5bhp and 50Nm. As a result, the car will accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds compared to the previous 5.1 seconds. Its top speed meanwhile is capped at 155mph.
The gearbox has shifted from an eight-speed automatic to a seven-speed auto, with a fuel economy of 36.2mpg.
Although slightly less fuel-efficient than the old model, it accommodates a larger 54-litre fuel tank compared to the standard Countryman.
The JCW model also showcases standard sport suspension, reducing the ride height by 16mm and integrating a "high performance braking system" for enhanced dynamics.
Inside, the interior echoes the performance enhancements with black sport seats detailed with red stitching and JCW emblems, complemented by a distinct steering wheel featuring silver accents and additional red stitching.
There’s also a 9.4-inch central touchscreen, an upgraded sound system, two-zone climate control and sliding rear seats. Other onboard standard equipment includes heated front seats, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and a new array of driving modes.