The 2018 Mini Countryman comes in a variety of exciting shapes and model designations, but none are as exciting as the John Cooper Works edition, referred to as the JCW.
As some of you might know, the Countryman is a crossover which means it’s the largest car the company offers from their exclusive range of 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks. In the USA and Canada, the car’s designation remains as the 2018 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4, but JWC is still used in other countries.
Alright, so what’s the 2018 Mini Countryman JCW packing under the hood? A twin-scroll 2.0-liter gasoline turbo providing an ampt 228-hp and 258 lb-ft (350NM) of torque. The transmission remains unchanged with an optional 8-speed steptronic automatic and a standard 6-speed manual transmission.
Mini says the 2018 Mini Countryman JCW will get from knot to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 6.2 seconds which is almost a second quicker than the Cooper S Countryman ALL4. The top speed is limited to 145 mph or 233 km/h.
To improve handling, Mini equipped the JCW with a firmer suspension setup and four-piston Brembo brakes for added stopping power. To make it all accessible, they added a drive mode selector which enables tweaks to the steering weight, the throttle response and the adaptive dampers. All of this translates to a joy ride on twisties.
On the outside, you get the optional 18-inch or 19-inch rims, restyled bumper designs, sport seats, a sporty steering wheel and an aero kit. Expect to see the new 2018 Mini Countryman JCW within April 2017 at the Shanghai Motor Show, it should also go on sale during that same year.