The guys at John Cooper Works (JCW) have again done their magic, this time the recipient being the Clubman. The JCW Clubman will be unveiled next week at the Paris Motor Show, and it is currently the most powerful Clubman model in MINI history.
Not too long ago, MINI introduced the manual-only JCW Works hatchback, and the Clubman this time around isn’t that far off from the JCW crop. It has bigger space, more doors and all-wheel drive. On the outside, it receives the signature JCW Rebel Green paint with red stripes, beefier bodykit and air inlets that replace the fog lamps. Exclusive to this JCW Clubman is the 18-inch light alloy wheels in Black ‘Grip Spoke’ design.
The JCW Clubman is powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged twin-scroll petrol engine that powers other JCW models. This mill produces 231 hp and 350 Nm of torque, courtesy of a reworked turbocharger and intercooler.
Acceleration wise, the 0 to 100km/h sprint is achieved in 6.3 seconds before topping out at 238km/h. New to the Clubman is a sports exhaust system for the added aural pleasure. Two transmission choices are available here – a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. For the first time, the JCW Clubman is only available with MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. It’s not a permanent all-wheel drive system though, because power will only be sent to the rear axle when required. Just like all JCW models, suspension and braking have been revised to manage the added grunt. Variable damper control is also available as an added option.
This practical hot hatch seats five, has six doors with 360 litres of boot space. If this tickles your fancy, it’s ready for orders at £29,345 (approximately RM158k) for the manual and £30,945 (approximately RM166k) for the auto.
Back at home, MINI Malaysia offers the standard Clubman and Clubman S at RM203,888 and RM253,888 respectively. Looking at a few JCW models that have arrived into this country, there’s a good chance that this JCW Clubman will soon find its way to our local showrooms.