Crossover is slated to have 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.

The Mini Countryman John Cooper Works has been spied putting in a few laps on the Nürburgring.

Dressed in eye-catching black and yellow camouflage, the high-performance model is distinguished by a sportier front fascia with revised air intakes.  The crossover has also been equipped with a front spoiler and larger alloy wheels that are backed up by an upgraded braking system with red calipers.  Rounding out the changes are revised side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a sporty dual exhaust system.

Like the other John Cooper Works models, the Countryman JCW will be powered by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that develops 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.  The engine will be connected to either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to an all-wheel drive system.  The John Cooper Works Hardtop accelerates from 0-60 miles per hour in as little as 5.9 seconds but the Countryman JCW will likely be a tad slower given its increased size and weight. However,

While the Countryman will be slower than its other JCW counterparts, the model should be significantly faster than its predecessor as it will ride on the lightweight UKL platform.  Of course, it doesn't hurt that the new model also has an additional 20 hp and 29 lb-ft of torque.

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