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The British automaker has decided to release the performance version of its all-new crossover, scheduled to hit dealerships in America quite soon – in April.

Mini’s 2018 Countryman has been treated to the expected high-performance John Cooper Works scenario, which like any other member of the JCW family makes use of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 228 horsepower (170 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque. There’s a standard six speed manual transmission, but pay extra and you can also get the traditional eight-speed auto. No matter the transmission choice, power is rooted to all four wheels and Mini says the performance crossover will reach 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in 6.2 seconds en route to a maximum speed of 145 miles per hour (233 kilometers per hour).

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There’s even an exhaust with a controllable flap for some aggressive sound design, which is the best case scenario among the latest crop of digitally enhanced engines. The Countryman JCW also gains a sporty suspension setup and Brembo four-piston brake calipers for the front wheels. Dynamic Damper Control is also on the menu – and so is the aggressive design. The JCW sets itself apart from other Countryman versions via the new front end with bigger air intakes and standard LED headlights. There’s a roof spoiler in the back and the JCW also gets an exclusive Rebel Green exterior paint with Chili Red accents.