If you’ve been following our coverage on the new (U25) MINI Countryman internal combustion models you’ll notice an unusual discrepancy. The US spec versions of the Countryman S and Countryman JCW have noticeable more power than the European versions. Historically it’s been the opposite with US regulations affecting the output of European cars in order to meet emissions regulations. However things are changing in a big way.

Now that European regulations are becoming more aggressive, we’re seeing a pretty major shift in what market has more power. Let’s start by looking at the recently release MINI Countryman S with ALL4. In Europe and the UK that car comes equipped with a mild hybrid version of the B48 to lower C02 and fall into compliance with the stringent emissions. MINI USA decided to not take the mild hybrid version of the B48 for several reasons. For one it’s not needed as the B48 easily meets emissions standards. Second MINI USA preferred to reduce the weight and complexity of the car for better overall performance. The upside is the Countryman S in the US will make 241 hp and 295 lbs ft.

mini Countryman JCW

It’s a similar story on the Countryman JCW however with no mild hybrid to confuse things. There European and UK versions of the Countryman JCW have their B48 tuned to 300 hp due to the same emissions compliance issues. The US market was able to stretch things a bit to 312 hp – a new high power figure for the MINI brand.

Europe vs The US – MINI Countryman S and JCW Technical Specifications

Countryman ModelCountryman C (Europe)Countryman S (Europe)JCW (Europe)Countryman S (USA)JCW (USA)
Power170 hp204 hp300 hp241 hp312 hp
TorqueTBD266 ft lbs295 ft lbs295 ft lbs295 ft lbs
Transmission7 speed DCT7 speed DCT7 speed DCT7 speed DCT7 speed DCT
Drivetrainfront wheel driveall-wheelall-wheelall-wheelall-wheel
Powertrain typepetrol/mild hybridpetrol/mild hybridpetrolpetrolpetrol
Engine Power156 hp / 4700 – 6500201 hp300 hpTBD313 hp
Engine Torque 177 hp / 4700 – 6500266 ft lbs295 ft lbsTBD295 lb
Electric Power19 hp (temporary)19 hp (temporary)N/AN/AN/A
Electric TorqueTBDTBDN/AN/AN/A
0-60 mph8.3TBD5.2TBD5.1
Maximum speed132 mphTBD132 mph132 mph155 mph
Curb weight (LBS)3,571 lbsTBDTBDTBD3,825 lbs

This change will likely affect all petrol powered MINI including the forthcoming F66 MINI Cooper which will debut this February and go on sale in March.

Check back for more details and technical specifications as we uncover them.

mini Countryman s