Under the bonnet beats the 170kW/320Nm 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the MINI JCW hatch range, but in the case of the Clubman power is transferred to all four wheels via MINI’s ALL4 all wheel drive system.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with an optional eight-speed automatic available, with fuel consumption rated at 7.4 l/100km for the manual and 6.8 l/100km for the automatic.
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes a claimed 6.3 seconds, with the JCW Clubman boasting sporting touches including 18-inch alloy wheels, sports exhaust, Brembo brakes, Electronic Differential Lock Control, and Dynamic Damper Control as standard.
On the inside the JCW styling extends to John Cooper Works seats with integrated headrests, John Cooper Works sill plates, a JCW sports steering wheel (including shift paddles for the automatic), sports pedals, and an anthracite headliner.
Other standard kit for Europe includes suede-look and leather sports seats, 6.5-inch colour screen (or optional 8.8-inch screen), Bluetooth connectivity, panoramic glass roof, adjustable ambient lighting, Harmon Kardon audio, and satellite navigation.
As usual MINI also offers a range of customisation options for the JCW clubman, including three styles of ‘MINI Yours’ interior packages, exterior stripe and chrome packs, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a MINI Yours sports steering wheel.
Safety equipment extends to a rear view camera, park sensors, camera-based active cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring, collision and pedestrian detection with initial brake function, road sign detection, and six airbags.
The John Cooper Works Clubman will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show next month, with an Australian debut expected in 2017, with local pricing and specification to be revealed closer to launch.
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