Expected to make its official public debut at the Shanghai Motor Show in April, the new Countryman JCW measures 4 299 mm in overall length, 1 822 mm in width and 1 557 mm in height, with visual differences over the standard model consisting of a JCW specific bodykit, red mirrors, unique honeycomb grille, 18 or 19-inch JCW light alloy wheels, and a choice of four non-metallic or six metallic paint finishes.
Inside, the JCW gets a bespoke interior with JCW sports steering wheel, sport seats, gear lever and anthracite roof liner, and a 6.5-inch display with JCW start motif. Available as an option, a larger 8.8-inch display incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be had, along with a Harmon Kardon sound system and, as part of the Mini Wired pack, Mini Find Mate, which allows drivers to tag their location using their smartphones.
As well as the exterior and interior revisions, the JCW has been given the once over underneath with a sports suspension, four-piston Brembo disc brakes and three-mode Mini Drive Selector (Sport, Mid and Green) which adjust throttle response, gear changes and the Dynamic Damper Control system.
Like the rest of the JCW range, power comes from a 2.0-litre TwinTurbo petrol engine developing 170 kW and 350 N.m of torque. A sports optimised version of the standard model's ALL4 all-wheel drive system sends the grunt to all four wheels via a six-speed manual or eight-speed Steptronic box.
Irrespective of the box, top speed is rated at 234 km/h with the 0-100 km/h sprint taking 6.5 secs, 0.8 sec faster than the normal Countryman Cooper S.
Expect pricing details closer to the JCW's local launch