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Old 09-13-2013, 06:44 AM
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For those who may know, I have been tooting around in a Mazda 3 for the past couple years as a daily. It was a fantastic car but an opportunity presented itself and I jumped on it.

I have been toying with the idea of 'retiring' Daisy for quite some time. Turn her into a true project where I can do anything to her without having to have her back in once piece for the monthly car club drives I organise.

My girlfriend was browsing the car market recently with the hopes of purchasing a car. I asked if she would be interested in buying my Mazda and she jumped at the chance.

So with the Mazda lined up with a buyer I looked into purchasing a bigger Mini that I could take into the twisties and still drive to work and around town. Thoughts were a Countryman, Clubman or Paceman. Clubman just lacked the room I liked in the Mazda, and the Paceman's rear legroom is shocking, plus rear access was annoying. So Countryman it was. Woohoo finally a chance to buy a turbo! After 7 years with a NA Cooper it was time to step up to the big boys.

After test driving 3 variants of Countryman (JCW, Cooper S FWD and Cooper S AWD) I decided on a FWD Cooper S Manual Countryman. It was quick and felt nearly as fast as the JCW, which was a hoot, it also did not cost as much as the JCW. After speccing it up I was about to place the order when the salesman put an offer on the table.....

There was a JCW Countryman in the show room, it had not moved in months but was almost identical to what I specced up, with the addition of the bigger engine. I have known the salesman for ages as he comes on our club drives quite often, so we get along quite well. The offer he decided to put on the table was ridiculously good. I slept on the idea and went back the next day, haggled a bit more and did it. In the end there was roughly $4k difference between the two cars.

I placed the deposit, finance was approved, and picked it up a couple weeks later.

I've had it for a few months now and love it.



I would like for you to meet Hank...

2013 JCW Countryman All4

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PS. The plates didn't come with it.
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:42 AM
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Dyno Day!

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I put down 139.2 whp. I thought there would be more power than that but seeing as it is AWD there is a lot more loss than the FWD versions.
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Dyno Day!

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I put down 139.2 whp. I thought there would be more power than that but seeing as it is AWD there is a lot more loss than the FWD versions.
You are correct about the additional drive train loss with AWD. The approx. numbers we usually hear is about 11% to 12 % for a fwd r-53 for example and the average AWD system in the neighborhood of 33% loss.

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Yep. There was not much in the way of dyno data for any All4 equipped Minis so it was hard to compare. I checked out some dyno results of stock standard Subaru WRXs and they claim around 230 hp at the fly and get around 175 whp. I should get around 215 hp at the fly and hence the 140 whp makes sense.

A friend has an R56 GP which has an almost identical engine to mine. It went onto the dyno straight after me and put down 186 whp.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:48 AM
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Dyno chart:

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I have booked Hank in to have his exhaust worked on. I am swapping out the rear muffler with two separate mufflers.

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Today was a good day. Had the exhaust done while I watched the Hunger Games.

Verdict: Exhaust is awesome and the fabrication is superb. The movie was pretty good as well... although the ending was a kick to the nuts.

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Very nice. How does it sound.
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Sounds pretty good. Very throaty.

Ill get a sound clip of it tomorrow.
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Hey Ben, did I see this on carsales last week?
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