The John Cooper Works Clubman is the MINI I’ve been waiting for

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Be afraid.
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It’s no secret that I love the MINI John Cooper Works – that savage critter keeps me awake at night in a constant state of near-terror.

But the JCW, for all its racing cred, isn’t all that useful in daily life. What I really needed was a wagon-y version.

Dream, and you shall receive.

On Tuesday, MINI announced the arrival of the John Cooper Works Clubman, an evolution of the original Clubman, a stretched MINI whose cargo space was accessed via bi-swinging doors. It was a coupé-wagon, with lots of MINI panache. The second generation added a pair of rear doors.

“With a motorsport-inspired turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the newest generation ALL4 all-wheel drive system, the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman brings a new level of high performance to the most practical and versatile MINI model in the lineup,” MINI said in a statement.

That “level of high performance” is impressive.

According to MINI, the JCW Clubman “can accelerate from 0-60 mph in six seconds with both the standard 6-speed manual transmission and the optional 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission, while the ALL4 all-wheel drive system can distribute the appropriate power as needed between the front and rear wheels in every situation on the road.”

The car even has launch control function, which “enables traction-optimized acceleration with maximum dynamic performance from a stopped position.”

Check out the probably beastly new MINI JCW Clubman:


“The most powerful engine ever fitted in a MINI is combined with the latest version of the all-wheel drive system ALL4 for the first time,” MINI said. That’s 228 horsepower from a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

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The well-known Clubman cargo doors are still in the package.

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The cargo area can be expanded to 47.9 cubic feet by folding down therear backrest, MINI said. “The car’s modern interpretation of the tradition-steeped shooting brake concept … is combined with a challenging sporty aura,” the car maker said.

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It can do 0-60 in six seconds, MINI said, and top out at 147 mph.

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The JCW Clubman joins the terrifying Cooper-derived JCW, a car that scares the bejeezus out of me. In a good way.

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That car has true competition credibility.

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The MINI JCW starts at about $30,000 (when we tested a well-optioned version, that rose to $37,000). The current Clubman will run you about $25,000, so we expect MINI will price it a bit above the familiar JCW. MINI hasn’t yet announced pricing.

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