Motor Authority brings us some great pics of a MINI JCW Countryman doing its required Ring schooling before final graduation. We don’t think it’s the Countryman WRC we’re hoping for. However, the JCW version is likely to be fitted with plenty of juicy bits at the factory thanks to increased production capabilities at the Countryman’s Manga Steyr plant.
Those juicy bits include 19″ alloys, a JCW bodykit and a few more ponies from its 1.6 litre turbo four cylinder. In fact, rather than simply boosting the current 155kW JCW engine, there’s talk MINI may introduce a new donk altogether with peak power starting at around 160kW. If they do fit a new engine, let’s hope they can find their way past 170kw, at least.
There’s a remote chance official info will be confirmed by MINI later this year, but don’t get cross if you have to wait until 2012.