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The fastest ever production MINI, the John Cooper Works (JCW) Clubman is coming to Australia.

Extensive changes to the John Cooper Works four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine makes it produce 225kW, an increase of 55kW over the previous model, and 450Nm of torque. The result is a zero to 100km/h time of just 5.1 seconds.

The 55kW power increase is thanks to internal revisions including a reinforced crankshaft drive, new pistons with modified compression, adapted connecting rods with bush-less bracket, modified injection valves with increased flow rate and a newly developed exhaust turbocharger with integrated air-diverter valves.


Power is transferred via a new torque-optimised, shift-by-wire eight-speed Steptronic sports transmission that delivers rapid shifts while also featuring Launch Control.

Both the MINI JCW Clubman and JCW Countryman are fitted with the MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system as standard to harness the engine’s full potential and put power to the ground. A mechanical limited slip differential aids front end grip and prevents torque steer.

An enhanced JCW sports braking system, with ventilated 18-inch front discs (360×30) and ventilated 17-inch rear axle brake discs (330×20), provides excellent stopping power.

Ride height has also been lowered by 10mm on the JCW models to optimise handling.


The front styling package of the new MINI JCW Clubman includes new bumpers and a revised grille and splitter that showcase dynamic intent and highlight model-specific character.

Revised LED headlights with full elliptical LED DTR light and LED Union Jack tail lights illuminate the rear and highlight the new rear bumper in signature MINI style.


“Spirited driving fun has been quintessential to the MINI experience since our brand’s inception in 1959, and the JCW engine update will make the new JCW Clubman a true firecracker ideal for performance-loving Australians,” said MINI Australia General Manager Brett Waudby.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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