The 2020 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman and Countryman are reportedly going to be much more powerful than the current models thanks to a new, 302 hp four-cylinder engine.
Mini has been working on the new performance-focused Clubman and Countryman for quite some time, and according to Motoring File, the duo will feature the same powertrain as the BMW X2 M35i. BMW hasn’t specified what engine the new Clubman and Countryman JCW will use. but admitted that it is indeed working on the cars.
“The updated JCW Countryman and Clubman, I’m thrilled those are coming to market. I think it’ll be a reminder for everyone that fun to drive is what drives this brand,” Mini USA head of marketing Pat McKenna said.
The X2 M35i engine, officially dubbed the B48A20T1, displaces 2.0 liters and features a turbocharger for an output of 302 hp between 5000 rpm and 6250 rpm, while torque sits at 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) from 1750 rpm to 4500 rpm. Power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive AWD system.
If the new JCW Mini Clubman and Countryman adopt the same engine, they will be significantly quicker than the outgoing models which utilize a 228 hp four-pot. Unfortunately, the inclusion of this new engine and all-wheel drive system may see the British automaker abandon a manual gearbox in favor of an 8-speed auto. While that’s sad, there’s talk that Mini will fit a Torsen limited-slip differential up front, which should help with power delivery and improve agility and handling.
The new JCW Mini Clubman and Countryman are expected to be released in the coming months before going on sale in the U.S. shortly after.