MINI has just presented its most powerful models in the brand’s sixty-year history and as the world would have it, they’re both SUVs – the MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) Clubman and Countryman.
Both models are powered by BMW Group’s B48 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that first debut in the X2 M35i. The uprated mill now makes 306 hp and 450 Nm of twist thanks to reinforced crankshaft, new pistons, larger main bearings, lower compression ratio of 9.5:1 and a larger turbocharger.
The updated four-cylinder mill is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission while the MINI ALL4 all-wheel drive is standard on both the Clubman and Countryman JCW. Sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h takes 4.9 seconds on the Clubman JCW while the heavier Countryman gets there in 5.1 seconds – 1.4 and 1.5 seconds faster than their respective outgoing models.
Coupled with the new engine output are further developed Sport Chassis (adaptive chassis with adaptive dampers available as option), larger sport brake system (360 mm front; 330 mm rear) and a new sport exhaust system to give drivers an exhilarating driving experience MINIs are known for.
Styling has been updated on the JCW Clubman with new LED Matrix LED headlamps, Union Jack design LED taillamps and a new electronic gear selector for the 8-speed auto. Other standard items include 18-inch JCW light alloy wheels, Sport Seats and JCW sport steering wheel.
MINI JCW Clubman
MINI JCW Countryman