Mini Australia has just announced that they’ll be introducing the recently updated John Cooper Works (JCW) version of its Clubman model here later this year. As the headline reads, Mini are claiming this six-doored wagon as the fastest production model to date.
The JCW Clubman’s 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo B48 engine gets a power hike to the tune of 225kW – that’s an increase of 55kW over the previous model with an astonishing 450Nm of torque to boot; the JCW shares the same powertrain as found in the BMW M135i and X2 M35i.
The power gain is thanks solely to revisions made to the engine including a reinforced crankshaft, new pistons to handle a modified compression ratio, adapted con-rods, modified fuel injector valves and a reworked twin-scroll turbocharger unit.
Channelling that grunt onto the blacktop is an all-wheel drive system and mechanical limited slip differential on the front axle that’s mated up to an 8-speed torque converter automatic. As a result, the JCW Clubman performs the century sprint in just 4.9 seconds with the help of Launch Control.
The JCW Clubman receives uprated brakes measuring 360mm up front and 330mm at the back. The ride height, too, has been lowered by some 10mm. In fact, BMW has decided to apply the above-mentioned mechanical changes to the existing JCW Countryman as well. However, while the Clubman gets sports suspension, the hot Countryman receives adaptive suspension and is two-tenths slower to 100km/h.
Apart from its mechanical similarities, the pair is adorned with 19-inch alloy wheels, refreshed LED daytime running lights, Union Jack-inspired taillights, roof rails, leather sports seats, Head-Up Display along with a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo and Professional Navigation displayed via an 8.8-inch display.
While not as well trimmed as the pair above, Mini’s introduced the ‘Pure’ variant as well for the 2020 JCW Clubman. It gets Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres wrapped around 18-inch alloys and adaptive suspension. The Pure features JCW sport seats upholstered in either leather or microfibre and gloss black interior trim pieces. External differences include a blacked-out grille with head and taillight surrounds and roof rails.
Moving away from the updated JCW models, the Cooper S Clubman now gets the 7-speed dual clutch box instead of the eight-speed torque converter previously employed. The same applies to the Cooper S Countryman. Meanwhile, the Cooper Countryman ditches its six-speed automatic for that same 7-speed dual-clutch unit.
The updated Minis are set to hit Australian showrooms this year, and all are covered with a 3-year unlimited mileage warranty program.
- Mini JCW Clubman- $62,900
- Mini JCW Clubman (Pure) - $57,900
- Mini Cooper S Clubman (MT) - $45,900
- Mini Cooper S Clubman (DCT) - $45,900
- Mini JCW Countryman - $65,900