The torquiest Mini of them all has arrived in Paris with a standard all-wheel drive setup.
Measuring 4,253 millimeters long, 1,800 mm wide, 1,441 mm tall and weighing 3,486 pounds (1,581 kilograms) in automatic guise, the new Clubman John Cooper Works is not exactly what you would call a Mini. Dimensions and weight aside, the latest addition to the JCW lineup does have an ace up its sleeve compared to its stablemates: an upgraded turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. While the other members of the family have 236 pound-feet (320 Newton-meters) on tap, the six-door vehicle can deliver 258 lb-ft (350 Nm).
Horsepower has remained the same at 228 hp (170 kW) and it can be delivered to the standard all-wheel drive setup via a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional eight-speed automatic. Both of them will enable the Clubman JCW to reach 60 mph (96 kph) from a standstill in 6 seconds en route to a top speed of 147 mph (236 kph).
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Much like the other JCW Minis on sale today, the powered-up Clubman gets a slightly more aggressive body and large 18-inch alloys backed by Brembo brakes and matched with a sportier suspension as well as other typical JCW bits and pieces. These are also noticeable on the inside where Mini has installed sportier seats with more lateral support and built-in headrests, along with stainless steel pedals and a JCW-specific steering wheel. Some changes to the instrument cluster along with red accents on the gear/selector level round off the tweaks.
If you’re not a big fan of those 18-inch alloys, a 19-inch set is going to be available on the options list at an additional cost, together with a variety of other goodies ranging from a Harman Kardon sound system to a panoramic sunroof.
Mini will have the Clubman JCW on sale before the year’s end, with pricing to be announced closer to the car’s market launch. With the Clubman S ALL4 kicking off at $29,450 in United States, it means the JCW model will likely begin at somewhere in the region of $35,000.