As we previously reported MINI USA is planning on a full release of JCW accessories before the official launch of the Countryman January 8th. In fact sources are telling us that the JCW accessories will start showing up in inventories as soon as December (including the JCW suspension and engine kit). Here’s the full rundown of what to expect:
– JCW Engine kit (identical to the one found in all other models)
– JCW Suspension (not as aggressive but pretty close to what we see in the other models)
– Two choices 19″ Wheels (black and polished – the best design MINI has created yet)
– JCW Aerokit (A lower prices kit involving less parts but every bit as aggressive)
– JCW Strips
– Red Mirrors
– Red Brake ducts
– JCW Steering Wheel
– JCW Shifter
In our minds the top four are stars of the shows here. Specifically the engine and suspension kits. The JCW Engine kit increases power from 181 hp to 195 hp and torque goes up to 184lb-ft between 1700-5500rpm (and about 200lb-ft between 1800 to 5000 rpm with overboost). In total that means youâ€™re getting a 14 hp gain plus a serious torque boost â€“ identical to what the kit offers on the R55, R56 and R57.
The suspension is comprised mainly of the same set-up as on the smaller MINIs. The key difference (we’re told) is that, while the handling is quite aggressive, the ride is slightly more livable than the R56 version.
We’ll have more on the engine kit and the suspension in the coming weeks and months but at a high level expect them to be very similar to what is currently on the market for the R55.