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2013 Mini Cooper

Published July 29, 2012

Most Mini Cooper models eventually get the high-performance treatment, and the 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman continues this tradition in the form of the new John Cooper Works trim level. This new Countryman is the first John Cooper Works (JCW) edition to feature an available six-speed automatic transmission, although a six-speed manual will still be standard issue. All-wheel drive, which i will always recommend (if for nothing more than advanced handling) will also be optional for the regular Cooper S Countryman, will be standard for the JCW.

Looking under the hood of this modest appearing machine will reveal a standard 1.6 four cylinder which is pretty traditional for these cars. It will include direct injection and variable valve lift a concept coming from mini coopers corporate parent BMW. Also optimized intake and exhaust systems and a larger intercooler have lead to an increase in horse power (211) and foot pounds of torque (207).Mini  has said that a manual-equipped Countryman JCW will is capable of reaching zero to 60 mph in about 7.1 seconds, or about 7.5 seconds when equipped with the automatic, given with the added power and standard all-wheel drive, fuel economy should still remain pretty high.So it may be little but it packs a punch which you can expect to get harder and harder in years you to come. Who knows maybe we will all be face to face with the super-coop one day. Rear passengers also benefit from the added dimensions with 32.3 inches of legroom, only 1.5 inches fewer than the bigger, four-door Countryman. The Clubman’s rear-hinged, passenger-side half-door makes rear-seat ingress and egress easier, but the integrated door handle can be hard to locate and passengers found it a bit heavy and clunky to operate. Loading the cargo bay proved trouble-free, however, even with one hand full. All it took was the push of a button on the key fob to get the Clubman’s barn doors to swing open, but the right-side door had a quick trigger.

An enhanced sport suspension complements the Countryman JCW’s all-wheel-drive ability, with a slightly stiffer spring and damper rates and antiroll bars that have been made sturdier to compliment a short wheel-base than most cars. Also the Countryman JCW sits about a half-inch lower than the base model Countryman, improving its handling characteristics pretty drastically.

The Countryman Cooper John Cooper Works also gets a suitably racy interior, featuring black cloth seats with red stitching, a darkened speedometer and tachometer, and an anthracite headliner.Mini has not yet released a pricing for the Countryman John Cooper Works, which is scheduled to arrive late this fall, but you can expect a starting price of around $32,000.

So if sleek sexy and reliable sound like a package you could enjoy, I don’t think this is a car you want to over-look. Especially if the wife is ready for something new and exciting this is something you can both enjoy.


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Calvin Escobar
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