The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and John Cooper Works Countryman models have been revealed.

Both are armed with 4-cylinder turbo engines outputing 306 horsepower, an 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission, mechanical differential lock on front axle, All4 all-wheel drive, additional reinforcements on the body structure and chassis fastenings.

The engine

This is perhaps the most powerful engine to be placed in a modern day MINI. The TwinPower Turbo is rated at 450Nm of torque and 306 horsepower giving the JCW Clubman a 0-100km/h time of just 4.9 seconds. The JCW Countryman does it in 5.1 seconds owing to its additional bulk. They’re both about a second and a half faster to 100km/h than their predecessors.

To put the increase in power into perspective, the new engine outputs an additional 75hp and 100Nm of torque over the previous JCW engines.

Summary of highlights

•       New 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology
and 225 kW/306 hp with 450 Nm.
•       Increase in output compared to the previous models: 55 kW/75 hp.
•       The cooling concept incorporates know-how from the race track.
•       New exhaust system with the remarkable sound development and
Petrol particulate filter compliant with the Euro 6d-TEMP standard.
•       MINI ALL4 all-wheel drive as standard.
•       New 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission with integrated mechanical differential lock for the front wheel.
•       Model-specific chassis design and coordination.
•       New bigger John Cooper Works sport brake system.
•       Extremely rigid body structure, motor connection and chassis fastenings.
•       New LED headlights with Matrix high beam function
and LED rear lights in Union Jack design in the new
MINI John Cooper Works Clubman.