The revamped Mini John Cooper Works Clubman is the brand’s fastest ever production model to launch in Australia. The first cars will arrive at dealers in the fourth quarter of the year in two guises, the AUD $57,900 (USD $39,798) Pure and the AUD $62,900 (AUD $43,235) JCW.
Both pack the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder upgraded with new components such as a reinforced crankshaft drive, adapted connecting rods with bushless bracket, new pistons with different compression, modified injection valves with increased flow rate and new exhaust turbocharger with integrated air-diverted valves.
The result is 302 HP (306 PS) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque, up 74 HP (75 PS) and 100 Nm (74 lb-ft) over the previous iteration. The output is channeled to the four-wheel drive system via a torque-optimized 8-speed automatic gearbox, or a shift-by-wire 7-speed DCT that replaces the old 8-speed auto. In this configuration, 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes just 4.9 seconds.
Aiding grip and preventing torque steer is the front-mounted mechanical limited-slip differential, while providing quick takeoffs is the Launch Control. Stopping power comes from the enhanced brakes, with 18-inch front and 17-inch rear ventilated discs. Mini has also lowered by ride height by 10 mm (0.4 in).
Visual changes compared to the older model include new front and rear bumpers, updated grille and splitter and revised lighting units on both ends.
The 2020 JCW Clubman Pure comes with 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, black exterior highlights, adaptive suspension, Dinamica/leather JCW sports seats, 8.8-inch infotainment system and a few other special touches as standard. Upgrading to the JCW will get you 19-inch wheels, sports suspension, leather upholstery, head-up display, Harman/Kardon audio and electrically adjustable seats with heating function.
The 2020 Cooper S Clubman also features some revisions of its own and starts at AUD $45,900 (USD $31,550), with an 189 HP (192 PS) and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque turbo four paired to a either a manual or a DCT gearbox.
Also launching Down Under is the JCW Countryman, from AUD $65,900 (USD $45,297), packing the same mechanical and visual changes as the Clubman.