MINI has released pricing information for its latest (and largest) performance model, the John Cooper Works Countryman. The crossover will command $35,550 (including destination) when it hits the market later this fall.
The JCW Countryman uses a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 208 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque at 1,850-5,600 revs. Torque can be increased to 207 lb-ft with an overboost mode for short periods of time. Six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes are available, the latter of which is a newly available across the JCW lineup for the 2013 model year.
MINI claims that the benchmark zero-to-60 mph sprint takes seven seconds with either transmission.
Unique among JCW models is the Countryman’s ALL4-branded all-wheel-drive system, which distributes power between the front and rear axles with an electromagnetic center differential.
Helping the range-topping Countryman throught the turns is a sport suspension with springs and dampers, strengthened anti-roll bars and a 10-millimeter lower ride height.
Standard kit includes Bluetooth connectivity, 18-inch alloy wheels, an AM/FM/CD stereo, A/C and power windows and locks. The options list is Porsche-like in scope and cost, with highlights including a harmon/kardon audio system, adaptive xenon headlights, park distance control and adaptive headlights.