Wednesday, July 14, 2010

MINI Countryman specs

MINI has released specs for its upcoming Countryman model and they're pretty good. I'll cut to the chase by saying you can get an AWD model with a manual transmission, too! (Hurray!)

This new MINIature crossover will have a 104" (2,595mm) wheelbase, and be available in normally aspirated and turbocharged 1.6-liter versions (Europe gets a diesel option, of course). If you want the ALL4 all-wheel drive system, you'll need to step up to the turbocharged S model (with 188 hp) vs. the standard Cooper's 122 hp. Both models are available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. FYI, an ALL4 Countryman with a manual transmission weighs in at 3,042 lbs. MINI claims a 0-62 time of 7.9 with the AWD and manual; 8.3 with the automatic (7.6 and 7.9 for S FWD, respectively). A non-boosted front-wheel drive Countryman will do 0-62 in in 10.5 if you shift it yourself; 11.6 with the auto. Maximum ground clearance is just under 6" (149mm).

The Countryman will join the Suzuki SX4 and upcoming Nissan Juke as some of the smallest AWD vehicles available on the U.S. market.

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