The John Cooper Works badge has been added to Minis.

Mini has added the iconic John Cooper Works badge to its family-orientated Countryman model.

As a result, the go-faster Countryman boasts a heady 215 horsepower from its 1.6-litre turbo petrol motor plus a lowered ride height and detailed chassis tweaks to give it harder sporting edge. With 34 horsepower more than the next fastest Countryman variant, the Cooper S, it retains that car’s all-wheel drive system to boost grip and driver confidence when pushing on.

Positioned between Volkswagen’s popular Golf GTI and the German firm’s higher performance Golf R models, the Countryman promises a considerable slice of power for a similar sub-£30,000 price tag.

Expect bold ‘JCW’ themed detailing inside and out for the car’s £28,595 starting price when it goes on sale later this year.