Mini John Cooper Works Clubman pumps up engine power, all-wheel drive

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This JCW Clubman sports 231 horsepower (170 kW) from the engine, besting the Clubman S by 39 horses(Credit: BMW)

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Mini has released specifications and information on the new John Cooper Works Clubman model, which combines the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine available in the Mini Cooper and Clubman with JCW goodies plus a unique all-wheel drive system.

When we reviewed the Mini Cooper Clubman S model earlier this year, we remarked on the quickness that the 2.0-liter turbo four provides. That's been combined with BMW's new all-wheel drive system (the Mini brand calls it "ALL4") and a steptronic sports transmission (optional) to create an all-new Clubman model.

First teased last December, this JCW Clubman sports 231 horsepower (170 kW), besting the Clubman S by 39 horses. Torque output is at 258 pound-feet (350 Nm). Both of these peak outputs are achieved within 500 rpm of one another (4,500 and 5,000 respectively). This will give the John Cooper Works Clubman an interesting drive dynamic. Zero to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) times are said to be 6.3 seconds for this model.

Also standard on this new Clubman model is all-wheel drive optimization through a newly-tuned ALL4 system designed specifically for the John Cooper Works model. A sports exhaust system, Brembo sports brakes, and 18-inch John Cooper Works Black Grip Spoke alloy wheels are also standard equipment. Optionally available is Dynamic Damper Control and larger 19-inch wheels to go with the JCW Clubman's standard traction control and electronic differential lock.

The engine and transmission, Mini says, are the result of the brand's racing experience, having been tuned after thorough performance testing. Most of the engine's improved output comes from tuning the TwinPower Turbo system and improvements to the variable valve control and fuel injection.

The exterior has all of the styling expectations of a car carrying the JCW signature, including air curtains, breathers, dual tailpipes, a rear spoiler, and the unique hexagonal honeycombed radiator grille. Hallmarks for the Mini are design features including the Chili Red cross member and contrasting color schemes between the body colors and side mirrors. Exclusive to the JCW model are (optional) racing stripes in red or black.

Like most Clubman models, the new JCW Clubman has seating that truly fits five adults, plus Mini-marked front dashboard and driver cockpit, and dual rear cargo doors. The interior is set apart by Carbon Black sports seats with Dinamica fabric, JCW branding throughout, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Standard on the Mini John Cooper Works Clubman is a 6.5-inch color infotainment screen and basic connectivity options such as Bluetooth and USB. An optional upgrade adds Mini Connected services and the Mini Connected App as a personal mobility assistant. This includes navigation options such as appointment reminders, filling station/car park search, last mile navigation, and online services for streaming music and audiobooks.

All of this comes in a package that, according to Mini, will achieve 6.8 l/100 km (35 mpg) on the combined European fuel economy cycle using the automatic transmission and 7.4 l/100 km (32 mpg) with the manual transmission.

Pricing for the new Mini John Cooper Works Clubman model has not yet been released.

Check out the Mini JCW Clubman:

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