MINI John Cooper Works Club­man

The new MINI Club­man re­ceives the John Cooper Works treat­ment, cre­at­ing a unique high per­for­mance op­tion in the C-seg­ment The most pow­er­ful MINI Club­man, with 231 hp and 350 nm of torque, en­abling a 0-62mph time of just 6.3 sec­onds and a top speed of 148

Malta Independent - - MOTORING ON TUESDAY - Edited by John Peel

The new MINI John Cooper Works Club­man of­fers all the style, prac­ti­cal­ity and fresh-think­ing of the Club­man, com­bined with the high per­for­mance and sport­ing dy­nam­ics of the John Cooper Works range.

The re­sult is a unique and ex­clu­sive propo­si­tion that com­bines the John Cooper Works-spec­i­fi­ca­tion en­gine and cor­re­spond­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions with MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel drive sys­tem. In cre­at­ing this po­tent model, able to take full ad­van­tage of the max­i­mum pos­si­ble trac­tion in all con­di­tions, MINI has cre­ated a pow­er­ful but prac­ti­cal ve­hi­cle that’s fun to drive in the true spirit of a MINI.

As the lat­est mem­ber of the John Cooper Works fam­ily, the MINI John Cooper Works Club­man fea­tures all the up­grades al­ready seen on the John Cooper Works Hatch and Con­vert­ible mod­els. These in­clude the 231 hp en­gine with mod­i­fied MINI TwinPower tur­bocharger, sports sus­pen­sion and pow­er­ful brak­ing sys­tem. A 0-62 mph time of just 6.3-sec­onds and a top speed of 148 mph is the re­sult, but not at the ex­pense of econ­omy or emis­sions; with up to 41.5mpg on the com­bined cy­cle and CO2 emis­sions as low as 154 g/km.

The MINI John Cooper Works Club­man is in­stantly recog­nis­able thanks to its more ag­gres­sive front and rear bumpers, and its rear wing. These not only help re­duce lift, but in the case of the front sec­tion, as­sist with the ad­di­tional cool­ing re­quire­ments of the more pow­er­ful en­gine. Unique al­loy wheels and John Cooper Works badg­ing also de­note the top-of-the-range Club­man, as does the op­tion of the spe­cial colour ‘Rebel Green’.

In­side, the John Cooper Works spec­i­fi­ca­tion in­cludes sports seats, an Al­can­tara head­liner, and a wide ar­ray of stan­dard equip­ment in­clud­ing MINI Nav­i­ga­tion, Blue­tooth and USB con­nec­tiv­ity, and cruise con­trol with brake func­tion. MINI logo pro­jec­tion is also in­cluded within the stan­dard pack­age. Beyond that, MINI of­fers a huge range of per­son­al­i­sa­tion op­tions and fur­ther equip­ment, al­low­ing own­ers to cre­ate their own, unique, MINI John Cooper Works Club­man.

Ex­te­rior de­sign

The de­sign of the new MINI John Cooper Works Club­man max­imises the pres­ence of this unique ve­hi­cle, with the added flair of a high per­for­mance model.

It’s in­stantly recog­nis­able thanks to a be­spoke front apron, with air in­lets now cited where other Club­man mod­els have park­ing and fog lamps. These in­takes chan­nel fresh air to brake cool­ing ducts and to cool the ad­di­tional ra­di­a­tor of the Works spec­i­fi­ca­tion cool­ing sys­tem. In­te­grated air cur­tains and air breathers help op­ti­mise the aero­dy­namic prop­er­ties of the ve­hi­cle. Unique side sills, roof spoiler and a rear apron help to re­duce aero­dy­namic lift.

Fur­ther ex­clu­sive touches in­clude the side turn in­di­ca­tor sur­rounds, which fea­ture a red ac­cen­tu­a­tion line along with the John Cooper Works logo ap­plied against a black back­ground, and the hexagon pat­tern grille with a red cross­mem­ber bar at the bot­tom edge. The ‘John Cooper Works’ logo ap­pears here too, as well as on the right-hand door at the rear of the car.

The stan­dard LED head­lamps are sur­rounded by a day­time driv­ing light ring that also uses LED tech­nol­ogy, the lower sec­tion of which is white and acts as the turn in­di­ca­tor. The hor­i­zon­tally ar­ranged rear light units also com­prise LED lamps.

En­gine: TwinPower Turbo Tech­nol­ogy

The new MINI John Cooper Works Club­man uses the same highly tuned en­gine as the John Cooper Works Hatch and Con­vert­ible mod­els. The 2-litre unit fea­tures the lat­est MINI TwinPower Turbo Tech­nol­ogy and Val­vetronic fully vari­able valve con­trol on both the in­take and ex­haust camshafts.

To ef­fec­tively re­alise the in­creased out­put of 231 hp be­tween 5,000-6,000rpm (up 39 hp on the stan­dard Cooper S en­gine), the John Cooper Works Club­man uses a mod­i­fied tur­bocharger made from a par­tic­u­larly heat re­sis­tant ma­te­rial. A cor­re­spond­ingly larger in­ter­cooler is also fit­ted, which con­trib­utes to an in­crease in torque to 350 nm which de­vel­ops over a par­tic­u­larly wide band from 1,450-4,800rpm. In­creas­ing the boost pres­sure is teamed with a lower com­pres­sion ra­tio thanks to the use of model-spe­cific pis­tons. Un­sur­pris­ingly, the cool­ing sys­tem has also been up­graded to cope with the in­creased heat gen­er­ated by a more pow­er­ful en­gine, and now fea­tures a sec­ond coolant ra­di­a­tor found in the left-hand wheel

arch.

Fi­nally, a sports ex­haust helps to re­duce the en­gine’s back­pres­sure and also gives the John Cooper Works Club­man a sporty sound fa­mil­iar from other mod­els in the John Cooper Works range.

The in­her­ent ef­fi­ciency of this en­gine con­trib­utes to an im­pres­sive fuel con­sump­tion fig­ure of 38.2mpg (41.5mpg), and CO2 emis­sions of 168 g/km (154 g/km) (fig­ures in brack­ets for ve­hi­cles fit­ted with the eight-speed sports Step­tronic trans­mis­sion).

Trans­mis­sion: ad­vanced gear­boxes and an all­wheel drive driv­e­train

With the new John Cooper Works Club­man, MINI is for the first time com­bin­ing its most po­tent en­gine of­fer­ing with its ALL4 all­wheel drive sys­tem. The re­sult is the most ef­fi­cient pos­si­ble de­ploy­ment of the avail­able power, pro­vid­ing very strong ac­cel­er­a­tion in all con­di­tions.

The con­sid­er­able power and torque of the 2-litre tur­bocharged en­gine is fed through ei­ther a sixspeed man­ual gear­box or an 8speed sports Step­tronic trans­mis­sion. The man­ual gear­box of­fers ide­ally spaced ra­tios, a model-spe­cific gear lever and short shift mech­a­nism for rapid gearchanges, and also fea­tures an en­gine speed adap­tion fa­cil­ity via a gear sen­sor for the smoothest pos­si­ble down­shifts. Car­bon fric­tion lin­ings for the syn­chro­nis­ing rings add to the in­her­ent ef­fi­ciency of this light­weight, easyto-use gear­box.

The eight-speed Step­tronic gear­box al­lows for es­pe­cially fuel-ef­fi­cient driv­ing thanks to the wide spread - but closely stacked - gear ra­tios and quick shift­ing times. Fur­ther ef­fi­ciency im­prove­ments can be re­alised if the ve­hi­cle is fit­ted with MINI Nav­i­ga­tion XL, as the Step­tronic gear­box takes into ac­count up­com­ing bends and junc­tions, thereby avoid­ing un­nec­es­sary gearchanges. Gears can be changed ei­ther au­to­mat­i­cally, or man­u­ally via the shift se­lec­tor or with pad­dles on the steer­ing wheel. A launch con­trol func­tion en­ables the quick­est pos­si­ble ac­cel­er­a­tion away from rest, ev­ery time.

Sus­pen­sion and brak­ing: John Cooper Works spec­i­fi­ca­tion

Nat­u­rally, the sus­pen­sion and brak­ing set up of the new MINI John Cooper Works Club­man has been up­graded to match its in­creased per­for­mance. As with the other John Cooper Works spec­i­fi­ca­tion MINIs in the range, the John Cooper Works Club­man fea­tures a firmer sus­pen­sion setup, in this case specif­i­cally tai­lored to the Club­man’s wheel­base and weight dis­tri­bu­tion.

Vari­able Damper Con­trol is avail­able as an op­tional ex­tra, of­fer­ing a choice of two set-ups for the elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled dampers, which can be ac­cessed via the MINI Driv­ing Modes, a stan­dard fea­ture on the John Cooper Works Club­man. SPORT mode pro­vides the most dy­namic driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, while in MID and GREEN mode the damper char­ac­ter­is­tics sup­port a more com­fort­able driv­ing style. The MINI Driv­ing Modes are selected via a ro­tary switch at the base of the gear lever and also in­flu­ence the char­ac­ter­is­tic curves of the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal and steer­ing, the en­gine acous­tics and the shift char­ac­ter­is­tics of the 8-speed Step­tronic sports trans­mis­sion (if the lat­ter is fit­ted).

The stan­dard Dy­namic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (DSC) also in­cludes Dy­namic Trac­tion Con­trol (DTC), Elec­tronic Dif­fer­en­tial Lock Con­trol (EDLC) - which acts as an elec­tronic lock­ing func­tion for the front axle dif­fer­en­tial - and Per­for­mance Con­trol, which as­sists ag­ile turn-in when tak­ing bends at speed. The stan­dard func­tions of the electro­mechan­i­cal power steer­ing in­clude speed-re­lated steer­ing sup­port for max­i­mum pre­ci­sion when cor­ner­ing at speed and for com­fort­able ma­noeu­vring at low speeds.

The brak­ing equip­ment of the John Cooper Works Club­man has also been strength­ened over the Cooper S model, with a four-pis­ton caliper setup de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with brak­ing spe­cial­ists Brembo. These pow­er­ful brakes are read­ily iden­ti­fi­able by the red fin­ish for the calipers, com­plete with the John Cooper Works logo.

The stan­dard equip­ment for the car also in­cludes 18” light al­loy wheels in Black ‘Grip Spoke’ de­sign, which are ex­clu­sive to this model. This wheel de­sign is also avail­able as an op­tion in sil­ver, with a 19” ‘Course’ two-tone de­sign a fur­ther op­tion.

Safety and equip­ment

With its tor­sion­ally stiff, rigid and weight-op­ti­mised body struc­ture, the new MINI John Cooper Works Club­man forms the ideal ba­sis for its com­pre­hen­sive set of stan­dard safety fit­tings. These form part of the in­te­grated MINI safety con­cept com­pris­ing of six airbags, 3-point au­to­matic belts on all seats (in­clud­ing belt ten­sion­ers and adap­tive belt force lim­iters at the front) as well as ISOFIX child seat mount­ings at the rear. Other stan­dard fea­tures in­clude a tyre pres­sure dis­play func­tion for each in­di­vid­ual wheel and In­tel­li­gent Emer­gency Call with au­to­matic de­tec­tion of ve­hi­cle lo­ca­tion and ac­ci­dent sever­ity, as well as the col­li­sion warn­ing with city brak­ing func­tion. Mean­while, im­pact ab­sorbers and de­for­ma­tion el­e­ments en­sure op­ti­mised pedes­trian pro­tec­tion.

LED head­lamps are fit­ted as stan­dard, and they can be sup­ple­mented with a turn­ing light func­tion in­clud­ing adap­tive light dis­tri­bu­tion, if de­sired. In ad­di­tion to air con­di­tion­ing, Blue­tooth hands-free tele­phone fa­cil­ity and elec­tric park­ing brake, other stan­dard fea­tures in­clude Park Dis­tance Con­trol with sen­sors at the rear, cruise con­trol with brake func­tion, and Com­fort Ac­cess - also en­abling touch-less open­ing of the split doors by means of a foot move­ment un­der the rear apron. The stan­dard fit au­dio sys­tem is the Ra­dio MINI Vis­ual Boost in­clud­ing USB socket and op­er­a­tion via the MINI Con­troller in the cen­tre con­sole, as well as the 6.5-inch colour screen in the cen­tral in­stru­ment fit­ted with a MINI Nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem.

Op­tional items in­clude the Har­man Kar­don hi-fi sys­tem and the MINI Nav­i­ga­tion Sys­tem XL. The fea­tures of the MINI Nav­i­ga­tion XL in­clude not just the Touch Con­troller in the cen­tre con­sole but also an 8.8-inch colour screen in the cen­tral in­stru­ment. For the first time in a MINI, the lat­ter takes the form of a touch­screen, so func­tions can now also be selected and ad­justed by plac­ing a fin­ger­tip on the screen. Other op­tions in­clude a panorama glass roof, 2-zone au­to­matic air con­di­tion­ing, seat heat­ing for driver and front pas­sen­ger and wind­screen heat­ing. The unique MINI Con­nected in-car in­fo­tain­ment pro­gram is also avail­able, of­fer­ing ex­ten­sive in­te­gra­tion of smart­phones in the car. This al­lows the use of in­ter­net-based ser­vices in the ar­eas of in­fo­tain­ment, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence by means of apps.

Over 80% of MINI John Cooper Works Club­man cus­tomers are ex­pected to choose the Chili pack which adds a host of ad­di­tional ex­tras to the car. These fea­tures in­clude the cus­tomer’s choice of any up­hol­stery from the range, heated seats, 19” Course spoke al­loy wheels and the stor­age com­part­ment pack. A range of ad­di­tional op­tion packs and per­son­al­i­sa­tion equip­ment al­lows ev­ery MINI John Cooper Works Club­man buyer to tai­lor their car to their ex­act pref­er­ences, in the process cre­at­ing a unique take on an al­ready highly ex­clu­sive ve­hi­cle.

The new MINI John Cooper Works Club­man will re­ceive its world pre­miere at Paris Mo­tor Show, Mon­dial de l’Au­to­mo­bile 2016.

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