Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mini Countryman JCW priced from $35,550

Alright, for the same price as a Subaru WRX STI, Mitsubishi EVO 10 and a VW GTI R
you can have a lot less power and a lot slower of a machine.

This engine is competing against the WRX and GTI at $11,000 less! 
If you want to go against the crowd and drop $35,000 because you will be the only one in town to have one... Go For It.

But just remember, you will be the only one in town who has one for a reason.

Got a hankerin' for a Mini crossover that boasts all-terrain traction while simultaneously wears the badge of race-bred performance? Well, the Mini Countryman John Cooper Works is just that sweet spot in the company's Venn diagram of "huggable performance" and "all-wheel drive." The company has just announced pricing for its spectacularly named John Cooper Works Countryman Cooper S ALL4 (phew!), and the cost of entry starts at rather dear $35,550. Though Mini doesn't specify if if destination charges are included (usually $700 for other models), it is general practice for the brand to include it in its pricing.

For that $35.5K, you get a turbocharged 1.6-liter four with 208-horsepower and 198 pound-feet of torque, 18-inch alloys, sports seats, a lower and firmer sport suspension, and of course the All4 all-wheel-drive system. Fun fact: This is the first-ever AWD model ever to wear JCW livery.

While Mini does not list options prices for the JCW Countryman, they are sure to be plentiful. For the sake of comparison, the JCW Clubman stars at $33,000, and when fitted with features like racing stripes, customized mirrors, heated Recaro front seats, Bluetooth, navigation, sport suspension, and other goodies, the price can jump upwards of $5,000, and that's before adding a typical Mini assortment of cheeky accessories and plug-in doodads.

From AutoBlog.Com