The Mini Countryman has made its grand entrance in its third generation, boasting two exciting options for drivers. The first is an all-electric model with all-wheel drive, delivering an impressive 308 horsepower. The second is a gas-powered variant, providing an impressive 241 horsepower to all four wheels. However, Mini has now unveiled a special treat for driving enthusiasts with the revival of the high-performance John Cooper Works (JCW) model in 2025. Equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine and all-wheel drive, the JCW version is set to impress.
Mini has put in considerable effort to enhance the performance of the 2.0-liter engine. By improving the pistons, connecting rods, and engine mounts, the revamped engine now generates an impressive 312 horsepower. This marks a significant 71 horsepower increase compared to the standard Countryman model, and even surpasses the power of the previous JCW model by 11 horsepower. While torque remains unchanged at 295 pound-feet, it does see a decrease from the outgoing JCW’s 331 pound-feet.
Thanks to its standard all-wheel drive, the Countryman JCW delivers outstanding performance, accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds. This is over a second faster than the non-JCW Countryman model. It’s worth noting that the previous JCW version achieved 0-60 mph in an impressive 4.4 seconds. The Countryman JCW boasts a low drag coefficient of 0.26, ensuring excellent aerodynamics, and is expected to reach a top speed of 155 mph.
The Countryman JCW features either 19.0- or 20.0-inch wheels fitted with 245-section-width tires. This is an upgrade from the previous model, which used 225-section tires. The chosen tires, based on press photos, appear to be Continental EcoContact 6Q tires, a change from the previously used Pirelli Cinturato P7s. Enhancing both performance and aesthetics, the crossover features a high-performance braking system with Chili Red-painted brake calipers. It also promises a distinctive exhaust sound, with an exclusive JCW sound extension adding racing-inspired engine sounds to the interior. Engaging Go-Kart mode transforms the Countryman JCW into its sportiest setting, accompanied by an artificially amplified engine note.
The John Cooper Works model sets itself apart with striking red accents, a grille pattern reminiscent of a checkered flag, and a redesigned front bumper. The new JCW logo can be found on the grille, hatchback, and C-pillar, adding a touch of elegance. The LED headlights have been refined, while the cabin showcases sporty red trim and a sophisticated design with vertical lines on the dashboard. Notably, the upholstery is made from recycled polyester, adding to the vehicle’s eco-friendly appeal.
In terms of safety and technology, the Countryman JCW offers advanced features. With 12 ultrasonic sensors and four cameras, the optional Driving Assistant Professional package enables the driver to temporarily remove their hands from the steering wheel on highway-like routes at speeds up to 37 mph. The assisted-driving feature goes a step further, detecting gaps in traffic to execute lane changes. It is crucial to remember that Mini emphasizes the need for the driver to remain attentive and ready to take control when necessary.
The highly anticipated Countryman John Cooper Works will have a starting price of $47,895 when it becomes available in the U.S. market next year. Production is set to begin in March 2024, with deliveries expected to start in early May. With its combination of power, design, and advanced features, the Mini Countryman JCW is poised to provide driving enthusiasts with an exceptional and exhilarating experience on the road.