The fastest ever production Mini is coming to Australia.
The new high-performance MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) Clubman will be here by the end of the 2019 with a JCW four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine that has been tweaked to produce a 225kW – an increase of 55kW over the previous model – and 450Nm of torque.
The power hike will see the JCW Clubman reach 100km/h in 4.9 seconds.
The JCW Countryman has also been updated with the new engine and now achieves the 0-100km/h time in 5.1 seconds.
Mini Australia says it has complemented the engine upgrades with substantial specification updates to both models, new transmissions for petrol Clubman and Countryman and an increased level of equipment for the Cooper S Clubman variant that will be offered without a price premium.
The 55kW power increase for the JCW engine is thanks to wholesale internal revisions including a reinforced crankshaft drive, new pistons with modified compression, adapted connecting rods, modified injection valves and a newly developed exhaust turbocharger with integrated air-diverter valves.
Power is transferred via a new torque-optimised, shift-by-wire eight-speed Steptronic sports transmission that also features Launch Control.
The updated Cooper S Clubman also now features a shift-by-wire seven-speed Steptronic sports DCT unit.
Both the Mini JCW Clubman and JCW Countryman are fitted with the Mini ALL4 all-wheel-drive system as standard. A mechanical limited slip differential is designed to aid front end grip and prevent torque steer while an enhanced JCW sports braking system, which comprises ventilated 18-inch front discs (360×30) and ventilated 17-inch rear axle brake discs (330×20), provides the stopping power.