Mini has just announced the new 2018 John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 and it will be the most powerful Mini. Ever.
“Powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injected, turbocharged I-4, the 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 will churn out 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard and an eight-speed automatic is optional. As its name suggests, Mini’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is standard. Regardless of the transmission, Mini says the JCW Countryman ALL4 will run from 0-60 mph in just 6.2 seconds, which is around 0.8 seconds quicker than the Cooper S Countryman ALL4 (189 hp and 207 lb-ft). Compared to the first-generation JCW Countryman ALL4, the new one is about 0.4 seconds quicker.” – Erick Ayapana, Motortrend
The manual gearbox includes automatic downshift rev-matching while the automatic transmission gets paddle shifters and a neat launch control function.
More performance upgrades include Brembo brakes, torque vectoring, an aero kit, active dampers, and stiffer suspension. Three driving modes (Sport, Mid, and Green) adjust throttle and engine note. For models equipped with the automatic transmission, the drive modes will also adjust shift behavior and have the capability of decoupling the drivetrain at speeds over 35 mph (in Green mode).
Mini has pullled off all the stops on the new JCW Countryman ALL4 when it comes to the luxury and tech goodies. Now standard items include LED headlights, panorama moonroof, parking sensors, and Comfort Access keyless entry. Other options include navigation, premium sound head-up display, and driver assistance technology like Forward Collision Avoidance, Active Cruise Control, and Automatic Parking Assist.
The 2018 Mini JCW Countryman ALL4 will debut this April at the Shanghai Motor Show and the sporty and stylish Mini should also arrive in U.S. showrooms around the same time.
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