► New Mini Clubman JCW unveiled
► 2.0-litre turbo puts out 228bhp
► 0-62 in 6.3sec, top speed of 148mph
Mini has revealed its new Clubman John Cooper Works, ahead of the car’s public debut at the 2016 Paris motorshow.
The new high-performance derivative is the most powerful Clubman to date. Its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine puts out 228bhp and 258lb ft, granting a 0-62mph time of 6.3sec and a top speed of 148mph.
Can it make decent use of that power?
Fortunately, Mini’s seen fit to equip the new Clubman JCW with its ‘ALL4’ all-wheel-drive system. Consequently, traction shouldn’t be an issue – and the system should also give drivers a potential edge in inclement conditions.
Predictably, the JCW gets stiffer suspension, giving it a more sporting feel. There’s an optional variable damper control system, too, which allows you to tailor the Mini’s responses.
Brake specialist Brembo has been roped in, and it has helped develop an improved four-piston caliper set-up.
Does the new JCW burn through fuel at a vast rate of knots?
Mini claims, if you opt for the eight-speed Steptronic automatic version, that the new JCW will average 41.5mpg. CO2 emissions are tolerable, too, at 154g/km.
The six-speed manual version’s a little less efficient, however; it returns a claimed 38.2mpg and emits 168g/km of CO2.
What else is new?
To help the new Clubman JCW stand out, Mini has fitted more aggressive front and rear bumpers, bespoke alloy wheels and derivative-specific badging. There’s a unique colour on offer, called Rebel Green, to further differentiate the JCW.
The interior’s been given a few high-performance hints, including sports seats and an Alcantara headliner. Standard kit for the JCW includes sat-nav, Bluetooth and cruise control.
How much will it cost?
The new Mini Clubman JCW will set you back £29,345 with a six-speed manual gearbox, or £30,945 with the eight-speed automatic.
You’ll be able to see it in person at the Paris motor show but, if you’re keen, dealerships are accepting orders now…
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