Mini has decided to give its Clubman the John Cooper Works treatment, and the result is a 170 kW, all-wheel-drive pseudo-wagon.
And it's scheduled to arrive in South Africa in the second quarter of 2017.
This is the first time Mini has combined its 2,0-litre, JCW-fettled turbo-petrol mill with the latest generation of the brand’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system. The four-cylinder engine's peak outputs stand at 170 kW (29 kW up on the Clubman Cooper S) and 350 N.m.
A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, with an eight-speed Steptronic sports transmission optionally available. Regardless of which gearbox is fitted, though, the obligatory sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes a claimed 6,3 seconds and top speed is pegged at 238 km/h.
Standard features include a sports exhaust system, Brembo brakes, 18-inch JCW light alloy wheels and Mini's Dynamic Stability Control system (with an electronic differential lock control function, too).
The Mini Clubman JCW will make its public premiere at the Paris Motor Show.
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