MINI SA launched their all-new Clubman John Cooper Works (JCW) along with the CountrymanJCW at the close of 2019. Although both models were available to drive we only had the pleasureof testing the Clubman JCW and a Cooper derivative.
The all-new JCW versions are claimed to be the most powerful models ever approved forpublic road use in the brand’s 60-year history. The 225 kW 4-cylinder turbo engine in the newMINI John Cooper Works Clubman (fuel consumption combined: 7.7l/100 km; CO2 emissionscombined:150 g/km) and the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman (fuel consumptioncombined: 7.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 155 g/km) both display outstandingperformance in the compact premium segment.
In both models, the extraordinarily powerfulengine iscombined as standard with a new 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission, includingmechanical differential lock on the front axle, an ALL4 all-wheel drive system, a specificallyengineered chassis, and additional reinforcement modifications for the body structure, engineconnection and chassis fastenings. This enables the John Cooper Works racing sensation to attaina completely new dimension of performance.In these all-new versions of the two top sports models, both the individual six-door model withitsextreme driving fun and the robust all-rounder provided a challenging performanceexperience.
The latest generation of the 4-cylinder engine developed for the John Cooper Worksmodels with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology surpasses that of the previous drive by as muchas 55 kW at maximum output. Maximum torque has increased by 100 Nm to 450 Nm, andacceleration performance has also risen commensurately. The new MINI John Cooper WorksClubman turns in an acceleration time of 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, with the new MINI JohnCooper Works Countryman achieving the same in 5.1 seconds–1.4 and 1.5 seconds faster thanin the respective previous models.
The elasticity of the two models has never been as impressiveas it is now.With the concentrated power of their new engine and its optimised ability to transfer its outputonto either a road surface or loose terrain, the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and thenew MINI John Cooper Works Countryman have assured their places in the leading line-up ofsport models in the compact segment. And within the MINI model range, these two top athleteshave never been more deserving of their top positions. Compared to the MINI Cooper S Clubmanand MINI Cooper S Countryman, output has risen from its previous level of 29 kWto 84 kW. Theresulting superior performance characteristics are accompanied by a range of model-specificdesign and equipment features that successfully underline the exclusive and rarefied nature ofthese two John Cooper Works models.