Does anyone remember a time when MINI’s where still mini?. I’m not talking about the original Austin Mini I’m talking about the “Modern” early 2000s MINI. Even the Clubman version was fairly small back then, this new version is not only significantly bigger than that but is also wider with a longer wheelbase than the current golf 7, only the wagon version has a slightly longer body.
It’s not really a complaint purely an observation, I understand the need for cars to grow in size as consumers are always asking for more kit, safety and functionality and all these extra’s require space. This specific model is the John Cooper Works edition which is basically the “Golf R” of the Mini world and its main focus is performance. Powered by Mini’s (Read BMW) twin power 2.0l Turbo four pot with 225kw and 450nm, this power is sent to all wheels via an 8 speed Steptronic gearbox and Mini’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. this culminates in the Mini launching itself to 100kph in a respectable 4.9 seconds.
In terms of design, it’s nothing new from Mini more evolutionary than revolutionary. It’s still an attractive car and if one had to remove the striping could easily mistake it for a run of the mill Mini. I kind of like the fact that it’s not too shouty, it has that sleeper appeal. Included JCW models is LED headlights, JCW badges front and rear and Honeycomb pattern grill, again not over the top.
Interior upgrades include John Cooper Works seats, steering wheel gear lever and the anthracite headliner. Pricing and availability of the new JCW Clubman have yet to be confirmed for SA, but keep an eye on your local MINI dealer.