The 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman is the latest model from the Mini stable to receive the high-performance JCW treatment, and the first of its ilk to boast an all-wheel drive configuration. While its predecessor took power to the front wheels exclusively, the all-new JCW Clubman benefits from all-paw traction and more power – meaning more performance.
The Mini JCW Clubman All4, to use its full name, is now priced at $53,900 and is powered by a 170kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder, boasting 30Nm more torque than the already-released JCW Hatch and Convertible variants. It is also the highest torque output ever from a petrol-powered Mini.
That oomph is delivered through an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a six-speed manual transmission a no-cost option for those that like to select their own gears.
The new powertrain/drivetrain package means the JCW Clubman accelerates to 100km/h in a brisk 6.3-seconds when equipped with the automatic. Fuel economy is a claimed 7.2L/100km on the combined cycle.
On the outside, 19-inch alloy wheels and run-flat tyres are standard, along with a 17-inch performance braking package with beefy four-piston fixed front calipers.
An 18-inch JCW-styled alloy wheel is available as a no-cost option, shod with non run-flat Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres. Ticking that particular box also nets you dynamic damper control.
JCW suspension is standard, but a sports suspension is another no-cost option which drops the ride height by 10mm and deletes the electronic damper adjustment of the standard hardware.
Safety equipment is extensive, with active cruise control, city crash mitigation (AEB) and pedestrian detection, front and rear park distance control and parking assistance, front and side airbags for driver and passenger plus front and rear curtain airbags being standard.
Infotainment is controlled through an 8.8-inch touchscreen with standard sat-nav, 12-speaker audio, and digital radio tuner. Customisable LED interior lighting and seating upholstered in black leather cross punch trimming lift the interior ambience
A $2,200 convenience package adds electric front seats, 40:20:40 rear seat split, plus an interior and exterior mirror package.
The climate package costs $2,400, and adds a panoramic glass sunroof, sun protection glazing, and heated seats for the driver and front passenger.
Finally, a control package costs $650 and adds adaptive LED headlights and tyre pressure monitoring.
“Since its 2015 introduction, the latest-generation Mini Clubman has been very well received in Australia,” said MINI Australia General Manager, Tony Sesto.
“Now with the John Cooper Works variant, we offer a high-specification, high-performance flagship for the Clubman range.
“The latest ‘All4’all-wheel drive system offers incredible traction over a wide range of surfaces, and of course there’s an impressive level of personalisation options available. It’s an incredibly versatile package.”
Mini John Cooper Works Clubman ALL4 - $53,900
Convenience Package - $2200
Climate Package - $2100
Control Package - $650