The Mini Countryman is the most practical MINI ever, at least for families. With four doors and seating for four actual adults, it’s a big step up from the traditional Cooper. However, practicality doesn’t have to mean boring, especially when we’re talking about Mini. To date, Countryman buyers get to choose between the tame 1.6 liter naturally aspirated base model, and the hopped-up turbocharged S model.
Soon, Mini will be introducing a third Countryman. A fire breathing Countryman. A John Cooper Works Countryman. If you absolutely must have the most powerful Mini around, now you’ll have the choice between the traditional Cooper, the stretched Clubman, and the downright huge Countryman. Some sort of engine wizardry is expected to set the output in the 220-230 horsepower range. Even in the biggest Mini ever, that’s pretty serious power.
Check out the spy shots over at Autoblog.