A year after the first photos leaked, spy photographers have caught the MINI Countryman John Cooper Works (JCW) at the Nürburgring.

A year after the first photos leaked, spy photographers have caught the MINI Countryman John Cooper Works (JCW) at the Nürburgring.

Looking virtually production ready, the model is distinguished by a front lip spoiler, aerodynamic side skirts and a new rear fascia with an integrated diffuser. Other highlights include a lowered sport suspension, high-performance brakes and unique alloy wheels.

Like the rest of the JCW lineup, the Countryman will likely be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 211 PS (155 kW / 207 hp) and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque. Backed up by a six-speed manual transmission, the crossover should accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than 7.6 seconds.

MINI Countryman JCW spied at the Nürburgring