2024 Mini Countryman JCW: 312 hp and “Go-Kart” mode.

2024 Mini Countryman JCW: 312 hp and “Go-Kart” mode.

The new generation Mini Countryman is unashamedly the biggest Mini ever, for better or worse. Its performance grows to match too, with the 2024 Mini Countryman JCW All4 delivering more power than ever before, allowing the compact SUV to knock on the Subaru WRX’s door.

The new Mini’s performance is centered around a reworked 2.0-liter turbo-four, which gets a larger intake, twin-scroll turbocharger and stronger pistons, rods and engine mounts. It produces 312 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque (clearly matching the BMW X1 M35i and X2 M35i), and meets an unspecified transmission – perhaps an eight-speed automatic. This output is then split by Mini’s All4 all-wheel drive system, allowing zero to 60 mph acceleration in less than 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

Fun fact: Emissions regulations in Europe cap the hot Countryman’s power at 296 horsepower on this side of the pond. In other words, the North American version is the most powerful ever, and it’s also the most powerful car the brand has ever sold.

Mini is proud to tout the Countryman JCW’s drag coefficient of 0.26, as well as its valved exhaust that pipes its sound through the pipes into the cabin. And because that doesn’t already bother people enough, Mini adds “racing-inspired engine sounds.” great.

The JCW gets red calipers, exclusive 19- and 20-inch wheels (which look sharp), and widened 245-section tires for increased handling. Mini didn’t mention the JCW’s weight, nor did it announce any changes to the suspension, although it did add sports seats and a “go-kart” driving mode. Your guess is as good as ours as to what exactly that means, though the automaker promises it “provides a particularly sporty driving experience.”

The recycled polyester dashboard is very stylish, and does a lot for the shifting styling that still looks like the Suzuki Swift Sport my mom says we have at home. However, it does get some neat tech, like hands-free (but with focus) driving assistance at up to 37 mph, and Intelligent Cruise Control that can change gears to facilitate safe lane changes.

The 2024 Mini Countryman JCW All4 is expected to arrive at dealers in May 2024, with delivery pricing starting at $47,895. At this price, it better be a big step forward in terms of performance for Minis, which have left a lot on the table in recent years. Interlocking fingers.

2024 Mini Countryman JCW All4. Mini

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