05 Jan The New Mini Clubman Gets the John Cooper Works Treatment
I used to own a Mini Cooper Clubman back in 2010 and even though it wasn’t the most performance-oriented version, it was still a lot of fun to drive and own. The latest version of the Clubman loses the half door on the passenger side in favor of four full doors. It looks great and I’m sure it’s a blast to drive and own, just like the previous version. When enthusiasts see John Cooper Works versions in the Mini lineup, their hearts begin to pound. I’m excited Mini is now unveiling the John Cooper Works version of the new Clubman.
You may be asking, what is a John Cooper Works (JCW) version of a Mini? For starters, it has the biggest engine and most horsepower you can get from the factory in that particular body style. In the case of the new Clubman, that means a 2-liter Mini TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder which puts out 231 horsepower and a 0-60 time of just 6.3 seconds. I also want to note that a JCW Mini has the additional aerodynamic components, which give it a much more aggressive look than a standard Mini. But the most interesting development is that for the first time ever the All4 system (Mini’s name for AWD) will be added to the JCW model.
The addition of AWD to the Clubman is a big deal. My 2010 was front wheel drive which is the standard Mini drivetrain. It was pretty good in the snow but AWD would have been a great option to have. One of the other great features is the standard 6-speed manual transmission, which will make it a hoot to drive. You can opt for an 8-Speed Automatic if you want, but I would highly discourage that kind of talk.
I went to Mini USA’s website and found the base price for a Clubman JCW is $35,950. I’m sure many people will think that is a lot for such a small car. Before you write this article off, hear me out. I can attest it’s a ridiculously fun car to drive and it has a lot of premium features you won’t find on cars in the same price range. It also features one of the most unique interiors on the market today. I went ahead and built one on the website because I just couldn’t help myself… and that’s one of my favorite pastimes. I took some screen shots and you can see what I built below. Before you do, here are my overall thoughts: everyone should own at least one Mini during their lifetime and don’t forget, life is too short to drive a boring car.
I chose Midnight Black paint with a Chili Red roof and Chili Red stripes.
For the interior I chose every package available including a few stand alone options. For the interior seats I chose the Leather Dinamica option for $1,950. Here’s Mini description of Leather Dinamica: Stunning black-on-black upholstery, with the back and seat rest in luxurious Dinamica microsuede and supports and headrest in Carbon Black leather, for added durability. Includes adjustable lumbar support.
The grand total for my Mini Cooper Clubman JCW was $44,200.
Here’s a video of the JCW Clubman in action. Notice the excellent exhaust note.
Photos/Video Courtesy: BMW Group/Mini USA
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