2012 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Mini has released official "spy" photos of a prototype Countryman John Cooper Works.
- Mini plans the world debut of the Countryman JCW next March at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.
- Look for the production model to arrive in the U.S. in the second half of 2012.
OXFORD, England — Mini has released official "spy" photos of a prototype Countryman John Cooper Works undergoing winter testing, ahead of the car's world debut next March at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. Look for the production model to arrive in the U.S. in the second half of 2012.
A Mini spokesperson, in an e-mail Thursday to Inside Line, said, "There was an event where a camouflaged Mini JCW Countryman prototype was shown this past week. The production version will make its official debut at an auto show next year, and will go on sale in the second half of 2012 here in the U.S. market."
Although Mini hasn't released any details on the 2013 Countryman JCW, several Web sites have reported that the car will get the usual JCW makeover, including revised grille and bumpers and flared wheel arches.
Under the skin, the Countryman JCW will get a more potent version of the Cooper S Countryman's turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, with output bumped to around 210 horsepower and torque nudged to around 210 pound-feet. That should shave at least half a second off the 0-60 acceleration time, to around 7.0 seconds.
The JCW edition of the Countryman is expected to get the usual chassis mods as well, including larger stabilizer bars, stiffer springs, larger brakes and lower ride height.
Edmunds.com says: Looks like a potential GTI fighter.