The 6-Door, Mini Clubman is the wagon- like sibling of the Mini family with its two barn doors at the rear. It is relatively rare on the streets and is a rather interesting take on the Mini; offering a mix of versatility and unique looks. For 2017, Mini offer the esteemed John Cooper Works treatment for the Clubman. For the uninitiated, JCW is the famous British tuning firm that has worked racing performance and styling magic on the Mini brand for decades.
Styling wise, the JCW Clubman offers the Clubman with an aggressive body kit, comprising of a front fascia with extra cooling vents, side-skirt extensions, and black finished 18-inch wheels. JCW badges adorn the Clubman, along with slick looking racing stripes to set off the raffish look. Performance –wise there is lowered sports suspension with an optional Dynamic Damper Control system, big four-piston Brembo brakes with cool red finished calipers. Under the hood JCW have tuned an extra 39-hp and 22 lb-ft of torque from the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It now offers 228 hp @ 5,000 – 6,000 rpm and Torque at 258 lb-ft from this BMW sourced unit. The JCW Clubman also gain an additional radiator to keep the hardworking engine cool. Transmission is via a six speed manual or a ZF 8-Speed automatics.
Interior –wise, the Mini Clubman has the delightfully, slightly updated retro chic that is so endearing. It’s all there- the big round center gauge that houses all the major functions displays, aircraft style switchgear, plenty of chrome accents, and other funky design quirks Contoured bucket seats, folding seats, and versatile cargo area means the Mini is practical as well as ultra-stylish The Mini has a one of the best engine and exhaust audio soundtracks of any car to enjoy. . In Sport mode, the throttle tightens up, the ride is firmer with more feel, and the ability to take corners even faster. Whatever mode you choose, the Mini is such tremendous fun with its well-calibrated electronically boosted steering and quick reflexes. Once again MINI has a niche product that will appeal to the discerning. Practical, sporty, a lot of fun to drive, and now enhanced with the John Cooper Works performance magic, the JCW Mini Clubman is supremely addictive. Everyone should own a Mini at least once in their life. Why not this one? Highly recommended.
2017 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman ALL4
Priced from $37,290. Plus Options, taxes, freight and PDI +