The 2017 Mini JCW Countryman not only brings the highest power outputs for any vehicle in the Mini stable - it also brings the highest asking price.
The flagship Mini JCW Countryman model arrives priced at $57,900 plus on-road costs, with the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic with paddles at no cost.
No matter which transmission you choose, the engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo with 170kW of power and 350Nm of torque, and grunt is sent ground-ward via all four wheels.
Mini claims the drivetrain can fling the John Cooper Works version of the Countryman from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds, while fuel use is rated at 7.8 litres per 100km for the auto and 7.4L/100km for the manual.
There are three drive modes to choose that alter the steering, gearbox and engine response: Normal, Sport and Green.
It rides on 19-inch JCW rims and has 17-inch Brembo brakes, and the JCW Countryman has "performance control" torque vectoring "to reduce understeer and increase traction and stability while cornering".
The interior gets plenty of JCW bits, including sports seats trimmed in Dinamica and leather, a perforated leather steering wheel with red stitching, JCW door sills, gear shifter, instruments and sports pedals, a dark fabric roof liner and grey interior trim finishes.
The media system is Mini's Navigation Professional unit, teamed to a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo. There's also a head-up display with JCW-specific content (driving speed, navigation info, phone and audio lists, engine revs, gear indicator, shift point).
The Countryman range now gets the Mini Connected data-driven communication app that allows you to plan trips and keep an eye on the weather, and it'll even warn you if you need to leave sooner to get to your appointment based on traffic. Prices across the range have gone up as a result.
Mini has taken a pretty aggressive tack with the standard equipment stuff, particularly safety gear. It has autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control (0-140km/h with stop and go function), front and rear parking sensors and semi-automated parallel parking system, rear-view camera and speed limit information. It also comes standard with LED headlights and a hands-free tailgate.
Buyers can option the Climate Pack ($2400) for a panoramic electric glass roof and heated front seats, and the usual array of styling packs are also available.
2017 Mini Countryman pricing
Cooper petrol auto FWD - $40,500
Cooper D diesel auto FWD - $44,500
Cooper S petrol auto FWD - $47,200
Cooper DS diesel auto AWD - $52,300
JCW petrol auto/manual AWD - $57,900
Prices exclude on-road costs.
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