MINI Cooper S Countryman JCW – What a Car

When you’re behind the wheel of a John Cooper Works, you’re guaranteed thrills worthy of the race track , as we did.

Words and Photos by Karl Angelo G. delos Santos

AnimoMagazine had the privilege to drive a MINI Cooper S Countryman with John Cooper Works accessories over a weekend for a family gathering in Lobo Batangas. We experienced a high performance model ready to make a powerful impression, with their athletic stance and distinctive, low growl. We read that “these unruly high performers are the reincarnation of John Cooper’s winning racing legends and embody the very essence of motor sport”. It is interesting to note that John Cooper and his team trusted their instincts. In the early 60s, against all odds but with an unstoppable, pioneering spirit, he managed to build a legendary racing car from a tiny family car – and changed the minds of many.

No one predicted that John Cooper and the iconic classic Mini would take the chequered flag, against all odds. The feisty underdog took the motor racing world by storm, overpowering opponents with its nimble handling and groundbreaking engine and wheel layout. Time and time again.   

You’re ready to hit the open road. And with the awe-inspiring torque generated by the 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine, you can also hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in a little over six seconds.


Breathing is key to performance. This is probably why they furnished the MINI John Cooper Works front bumper with large air intakes plus an additional cooler to keep your engine and brakes at the ideal temperature for high performance and durability.


We believe that “John Cooper Works is all about extreme driving and fun at the highest level of precision. But the highest performance demands tight control and stability, especially when you’re driving through bends at higher speeds. So, the specially designed the 18” and 19” light alloy wheels accommodate high-performance brakes. In bold Chili Red with a John Cooper Works badge, the 4-piston, fixed-caliper brakes provide you with all the stopping power you need for tight turns and fast changes of pace.


Put on your head phones, turn up the sound and hear the legendary John Cooper Works roar. Driving with Bang and Olufsen sound system is going to be a delight to the audiophiles. 


John Cooper Works models are built to thrill – even before you step inside. Bold, racing-inspired looks, finest quality materials and a suite of visual enhancements put the John Cooper Works models in a league of their own. Plus, they are available in our exclusive Rebel Green – a modern take on the classic British racing car colour.

When you’re behind the wheel of a John Cooper Works, you’re guaranteed thrills worthy of the race track , as we did.  These premium performance models are named after the legendary John Cooper – and are the most powerful and exclusive MINI models ever built. Get one and enjoy the ride.

For those who want to test drive the MINI Countryman, you may sign up in their online test drive form at or browse the MINI Garage Sale list here:…/mini-garage-listing/



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