MINI has been teasing us with the MINI JCW GP3 with tons of spy shots on the internet on and off track. But what we have here come to a surprise as they dropped the curtain on its latest John Cooper Works variants for both the Clubman and Countryman.
Fans will be happy to hear about the power upgrade both models come with. Both the JCW Clubman and JCW Countryman get a 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo engine that is on steroids. That engine now generates 301 Horsepower and 449 NM of torque, making it a substantial jump from the current JCW models. This engine will be the highest output the MINI family has ever seen.
As usual the car will come with the standard issue eight speed Steptronic automatic we get here, but fans from oversea will be sad as the manual is gone. With all the extra power on tap going to all four wheels, MINI estimates the JCW Clubman can reach 100 km/h from standstill in 4.9 seconds while the bigger and bulkier JCW Countryman does it in 5.1 seconds and that by no means is slow as both models are well over a second faster than the current outgoing models. Top speed for both the JCW Clubman and JCW Countryman are electronically limited to 250 km/h.
MINI also said that the JCW models do not just offer powerful engine but more than that. According to MINI, both the JCW Clubman and JCW Countryman get a re-engineered chassis with additional chassis bracing which increase the rigidity all around. There is also a new designed swivel bearing which allows better camber values on the front wheels while the specific rear-axle kinematics meant improve the potential for transmitting lateral guide forces in dynamic bend. When it comes to the stopping department, MINI didn’t bog down as there are bigger four piston calipers at the rear and the front rotor measures 14.1 inch.
MINI also pointed out that both of the JCW models were track tested extensively therefore the engine and transmission have upgraded cooling systems to keep the temperature down.
Aesthetically, both the JCW models get a set of special 18 inch wheels as standard, the JCW badging and honeycomb treatment with red trim for the grille and a newly developed, model specific sport exhaust fitted with a petrol particulate filter. The JCW Clubman gets a new cool looking Union Jack taillight while the JCW Countryman is identical to the current outgoing model. The interior are also unchanged compared to the current model.
There are no announcement about pricing or availability yet, but we hope to see them go on sale within this year. We hope that MINI Malaysia would launch it simultaneously with the oversea market.