The latest Mini John Cooper Works Countryman is expected to arrive in South Africa in September 2019, armed with a peak power output of 225 kW.
The turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet of the Mini JCW Countryman now churns out 225 kW and 450 N.m (the latter on tap from 1 750 to 4 500 r/min), representing significant increases of 55 kW and 100 N.m over the maximum outputs of the outgoing version.
In conjunction with an eight-speed Steptronic sports transmission (complete with a mechanical differential lock on the front axle) and an all-wheel-drive system, that’s enough for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in a claimed 5,1 seconds (a full 1,5 seconds quicker than before) and a top speed of 250 km/h.
Of course, the Mini JCW Countryman furthermore boasts a specifically engineered chassis as well as additional reinforcement modifications for the body structure, engine connection and chassis fastenings.
So, how much are we looking at here? Well, the JCW-badged Countryman will be priced at R708 000 when it reaches local shores (for the record, the outgoing 170 kW version was last priced at R684 872). Meanwhile, the JCW Clubman (which we’ve already driven in Germany) uses the same BMW Group powertrain but will cost you R642 000.
Ryan has spent most of his career in online media, writing about everything from sport to politics and other forms of crime. But his true passion – reignited by a 1971 Austin Mini Mk3 still tucked lifeless in a dark corner of his garage – is of the automotive variety.