Spy shots show MINI has commenced testing procedures for the six-door Clubman in the flagship John Cooper Works trim.

Spy shots show MINI has commenced testing procedures for the six-door Clubman in the flagship John Cooper Works trim.

The new MINI Clubman is already a niche model and in this upcoming JCW guise it’s going to appeal to an even smaller group of consumers. It’s no secret what will power the wagon as it will employ the same four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbo engine from the regular hatchback JCW where it develops 228 bhp (170 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque sent to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or a six-speed Steptronic optional sports automatic.

Taking into account it will be heavier than the standard three-door hatch, the Clubman JCW will be a few ticks of a second slower in the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint that takes 6.3s with the manual and 6.1s with the automatic in the hatchback which in both cases tops out at 153 mph (246 km/h).

The prototype seen here was spotted in Munich near parent company BMW’s headquarters and oddly enough it seems we are dealing with a US-spec car judging by the side orange markers. It’s really not that hard to imagine how the production car will look like since it will have larger air vents, beefier bumpers and side skirts, along with the typical JCW wheels and other similar tweaks.

Expect to see the MINI Clubman John Cooper Works sometime next year, possibly as early as March at the Geneva Motor Show.

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