Mini South Africa recently launched the new John Cooper Works Countryman, which is one of the most powerful models it has ever produced.
The Countryman JCW is equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 225kW and 450Nm of torque. This power is sent to an all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed Steptronic sports automatic transmission. The result is a claimed zero to 100m/h sprint time of 5.1 seconds.
The new automatic transmission also features an integrated differential lock It functions transversely to reduce the speed compensation between the front wheels. Under load conditions, this means that a locking effect of up to 39 percent can be generated. The mechanical differential lock is interconnected with the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), which aids both the traction on loose terrain or in poor weather conditions, as well as the driving dynamics when taking bends with a sporty driving style.
The Countryman also features a model-specific chassis design, as well as an uprated braking system.
The standard equipment also includes LED headlamps, keyless ride, Mini Driving Modes, and the Radio Mini Visual Boost including 6.5 inch display with touchscreen function and a redesigned graphical display.
The integrated Connected Media equipment is able to access numerous connected online services.
Alternatively, there is also a choice of special equipment options, including Connected Navigation, with its easy-to-use routing function and additional infotainment options, as well as Connected Navigation Plus with an 8.8 inch touch display. In conjunction with these options, the Real Time Traffic Information service is also available, providing real-time data on the current traffic situation, a personal Concierge service and it is Apple CarPlay-ready.
The Countryman JCW retails for R708 000.