We just spotted a mule of the upcoming Countryman Coupe lapping at the Nurburgring and, tongue-in-cheek, you could almost argue that Mini has chosen the ‘Ring only to justify the use of the term Coupe, which certainly does not befit a quiet tourism vehicle such as the Countryman.
However, the Anglo-German brand is just sticking to its tradition that sees all the cars under development getting their trial-by-fire along the 22 km of the notorious German circuit, which surely lives up to its ‘Green Hell’ nickname. The Mini Countryman Coupe is thereby being tested at a very high level, which is just something you need to do if you want your car to boast any sort of ’sport’ credibility, and for that purpose the various stretches of asphalt that you can find at the Nurburgring are quite simply the best way to get there.
The new crossover model from Mini represents the evolution of the Paceman prototype we already had a glimpse of in the past, and can be immediatly told apart from the ‘regular’ Countryman model because of the absence of the rear doors. The engineers also modified the roof line of the model in order to give it a more ’sport-like’ cut. The new Mini Countryman Coupe is expected to debut at the next Paris Motor Show (September 29-October 14).
View the full Mini Countryman Coupe at the Nurburgring spy shots photo gallery