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FRANKFURT, Germany – Accommodating a new 2,0-litre turbopetrol motor that propels its metabolism 55 kW beyond its already punchy predecessor, the new John Cooper Works Clubman shares the mantle of Mini’s most powerful production model to date. But it’s a surprisingly subtle package.

Packing some punch

The 2,0-litre turbo-four has undergone a number of developments, including gaining a strengthened crankshaft, pistons and con rods, as well as a compression ratio drop from 10,2 to 9,5 to accommodate the increased charge pressure generated by a larger turbocharger. The upshot is a brawny 225 kW and 450 N.m (the latter up 100 N.m), increases of 32 percent and 28 percent, respectively, over the previous unit.

In a bid to minimise the gap between driver input and vehicle response, Mini’s engineers have incorporated such features as more direct shift mapping for the uprated eight-speed transmission, as well as converter lockup clutch that shuts immediately after pulling away. This unit also integrates a diff-lock capable of locking up to 39 percent, while the new engine features both Mini’s takes on BMW’s Valvetronic and Vanos systems which oversee variable valve and camshaft timing, respectively, in a bid to improve the immediacy between throttle input and thrust.

Speedy… 

To some degree, these response-honing measures have had the desired effect; the Clubman certainly is responsive and there’s no doubting the performance on offer. The uprated AWD system ably pastes that 225 kW of power to the road, making the claimed 4,9-second 0-100 km/h sprint time entirely believable. Toggling the paddle shifters on twisty sections of the drive is rewarded with brisk changes, both up and down.

Unleashed on unrestricted sections of Autobahn, 200 km/h was effortlessly clocked with the Clubman feeling as though it still had power to spare. Taking to twistier rural roads, the Clubman’s take on Mini’s oft-quoted "go-kart-like" driving attitude presents itself in a less darty, more measured manner than before with a fair amount of body-roll evident. It feels less hard-edged than JCWs of the past, for sure, but weighty, direct steering and plentiful grip aided by the stability system’s lateral torque vectoring and a mechanical diff lock mean it would take some foolish provocation to upset the vehicle's dynamic composure.

But a little softer

JCWs have traditionally traded on their vociferous exhaust notes and the tendency to reward a heavy throttle foot with a sometimes uncouth, but nonetheless charming, spot of shoulder-pinning punchiness and tyre scrabble. Perhaps it’s the considerable steps Mini has taken in terms of mechanical refinement and the caprices of plumbing some emission-gobbling bits into the exhaust system, but the Clubman feels and sounds more civilised than you’d expect for something wearing that Works badge.

Power delivery is swift but more of a rapid billow than an eye-widening spike, while the contrast between the snaps and rifle-fire cracks that traditionally issue forth from JCW exhausts has been pared down to muffled puffs and pops escaping the Clubman’s tail. While such softening of the Clubman’s hard-edged persona may prove divisive, it’s fair to say that the same cannot be said of the ride. Where previous JCWs often showed a tendency to wallop over road scars, the new Clubman, albeit equipped as our launch unit was with the optional adaptive damping system, rides with a pleasing fluidity, even when perched on a fetching set of 19-inch rims. 

It still looks the part

Thankfully, there’s still enough visual edge to the JCW to make it stand out. Deep skirts with meshed vents and bodywork awash with striping remain JCW staples, but are now joined by revised LED headlamps and brakelamp arrays that glow with the Union Jack stripes when the progressive but formidably capable braking system, now featuring 360 mm discs up front and 330 mm items aft, is called upon.

Better balanced, or too civilised?

Whether it’s the product of smoothing out the JCW character to appeal to a broader audience, or a by-product of impressive engineering, it feels like a markedly more mature and balanced creature than before. We’ll just have to see how this more civilised approach washes with hot hatch enthusiasts when it arrives in South Africa towards the end of 2019.
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Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Cloth upholstery: partial
  • Alcantara upholstery: opt partial
  • Leather bolster spartial leather: Standard
  • Leather upholstery: partial cloth + artificial / opt artificial / opt leather
  • Seats quantity: 5
  • Split rear seat: Standard
  • Folding rear seat: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control automatic air conditioning: Standard
  • Cup bottle holders: front + rear
  • Lumbar support adjustment: opt front electric
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Heated ventilated seats: opt front heated
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Brake assist (BAS/EBA): Standard
  • Traction control: Standard
  • Stability control: Standard
  • Run flat tyres: Standard
  • Tyre pressure sensor monitor deflation detection system: Optional
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Front side airbags: Standard
  • Curtain airbags: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 6
  • Automatic drive away locking: Standard
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings: outer rear
  • Approach home safe lighting time delay park headlights: Standard
  • Directional turning headlights: Optional
  • Adaptive headlights varying light distribution: Optional
  • Emergency brake hazardlights: emergency-brake flashing brake lights
  • Start stop button: switch
  • Engine auto Stop Start idle stop ecostop: Standard
  • Hillstart assist hillholder: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Sports suspension: Optional
  • Electronically adjustable suspension: Optional
  • Driving mode switch eg sport comfort: Standard
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • Head up display: Optional
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Navigation: Optional
  • Cruise control: Standard
  • Active adaptive cruise control: Optional
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • Voice control: Optional
  • CD player: Standard
  • Multi disc CD player shuttle: Optional
  • Aux in auxiliary input: Standard
  • USB port: Standard
  • Central locking: remote (opt keyless)
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Key less access start hands free key: keyless start (opt keyless access)
  • Electric windows: front + rear
  • Rain sensor auto wipers: Standard
  • Auto dim interior mirror: Standard
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Heated exterior mirrors: Optional
  • Auto dimexterior mirrors: Optional
  • Sun roof: opt panoramic
  • Panoramic roof: Optional
  • Electric seat adjustment: opt front
  • Memory for electric seat adjustment: opt driver
  • Daytime driving running lights: LED
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Xenon headlights: LED (opt adaptive LED)
  • Highbeam assist: Optional
  • Frontfog lamps lights: LED
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Park distance control PDC: rear (opt front + rear / opt rear camera / opt park assist)
  • Camera for park distance control: opt rear
  • Rear spoiler: Optional
  • Towbar trailer hitch: Optional
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: petrol
  • Fuel range average: 774 km
  • Driven wheels: front
  • Driven wheels quantity: 2
  • Gearratios quantity: 7
  • Gearshift: automatic
  • Transmission type: automated dual-clutch
  • Transmission name: Steptronic
  • Gear shift paddles: Optional
  • Electromechanical parking brake: Standard
  • Diff lock: front electronic
  • Front tyres: 225/45 R17 (opt 225/40 R18 / opt 225/35 R19)
  • Reartyres: 225/45 R17 (opt 225/40 R18 / opt 225/35 R19)
  • Length: 4266 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1800 mm
  • Height: 1441 mm
  • Wheel base: 2670 mm
  • Ground clearance minimum maximum: 141 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 11.3 m
  • Load volume / capacity: 360-1250 L
  • Load volume / capacity: 1250 L
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 1390 kg
  • Load carrying capacity / payload: 530
  • Gross weight (GVM): 1945 kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 720
  • Towing capacity - braked: 1300
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 48l
  • Fuel consumption urban: 7.3 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption extra urban: 5.2 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption average: 6.2 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 123g/km
  • Power maximum: 141 kW
  • Power maximum total: 141 kW
  • Power peak revs: 5000-6000 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 101 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 280 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 1250-4600 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 280 Nm
  • Torque overboost: 300 Nm
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: 7.2s
  • Maximum top speed: 228 km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 1998 cc
  • Engine size: 2.0l
  • enginedetailshort: 2.0T
  • Engine + detail: 2.0 turbo
  • Cylinder layout: inline
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: i4
  • Cam: dohc
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 16
  • Variable camvalve timing: Standard
  • Variable valvelift: Standard
  • Turbocharger: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 2
  • Warranty distance (km): unlimited km
  • Maintenance plan: Standard
  • Maintenance plan time (years): 5
  • Maintenance plan distance (km): 100000 km
  • Service interval indicator: Standard
  • Service interval (distance): service interval indicator / 20000 km km
  • Brand: MINI
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 45715212
  • MMVariant: COOPER S CLUBMAN A/T
  • MMintrodat: 2015-09-01
  • Introdate: 2019-07-01
  • DuoportarecordID: MINIClub3Fe2

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