One would argue that MINI’s are no longer mini, and they may have a point. The new MINI Clubman has grown to a size where you almost feel the name MINI has been applied in irony. No matter though, because what I want to concentrate on is the John Cooper Works Clubman model which now has the title of being the most powerful MINI produced.
Under the bonnet you will find 2.0 litre TwinPower Turbo unit which produces no less than 213 hp and 350 Nm of torque. That’s 39 hp more than the standard Cooper S engine and the extra oomph is thanks to a modified turbocharger and a larger intercooler. 0-62 mph will come in just 6.3 seconds and the top speed is a rather barn-storming 148 mph.
This power can be fed to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed sports Steptronic automatic affair. For the first time MINI’s ALL4 four-wheel drive system is deployed with the brand’s most powerful engine to give added reassurance. That’s not the only thing that will give you reassurance though, the suspension and brakes have also been uprated compared to the Cooper S model.
John Cooper Works Clubman – Stylish and Practical
Look carefully and you’ll notice that the fog lamps have gone to make way for extra air inlets which help to channel more air to the brake cooling ducts. The side indicators have been treated to a model specific design and of course, there is a model-specific grille as well, bearing the John Cooper Works logo. Chunky alloy wheels, bodykit and sporty exhaust pipes help to finish the look.
Step inside and you’ll find the stylish interior that you’ve come to expect from MINI but there is a good amount of practicality due to the car’s size. Boot space comes in at 360 which can be increased to 1,250 litres with the rear seats folded down. Sports seats are to be expected in the cabin with Carbon Black upholstery which sits below the anthracite roof liner.
In terms of spec, buyers can expect six airbags, LED headlamps, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, rear parking sensors, cruise control and Comfort Access, which enables the rear doors to be opened by sweeping your foot under the body to gain access to the rear.
The new John Cooper Works Clubman is available to buy now with prices starting from £29,345.