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Cockburn Gazette - - DRIVEWAY -

THE quick­est pro­duc­tion Mini ever will soon be in Aus­tralian show­rooms, with the JCW Club­man ar­riv­ing this year.

Mini en­gi­neers have tweaked the 2.0-litre four­cylin­der turbo petrol en­gine, to now of­fer 225kW – a hefty 55kW more than be­fore – and 450Nm of torque.

The changes help the JCW Club­man break the five-sec­ond 0-100km/h bar­rier, do­ing the dash in 4.9 sec­onds. The up­dated en­gine has also been added to the big­ger JCW Coun­try­man, which is a tad slower to 100km/h at 5.1sec.

A new shift-by-wire eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion de­liv­ers slicker shifts and also al­lows for launch con­trol.

There are two JCW Club­man vari­ants, start­ing with the Pure from $57,900.

Stan­dard gear in­cludes an 8.8-inch dis­play, black 18-inch John Cooper Works light al­loy wheels, adap­tive sus­pen­sion, Miche­lin Pi­lot Su­per Sport tyres, Di­nam­ica and leather JCW sports, seats and more.

For an ex­tra $5000, the top-spec ver­sion adds 19inch wheels, sports sus­pen­sion, head up dis­play, 12speaker Har­man Kar­don au­dio sys­tem, heated elec­tric front seats and more.

The JCW Coun­try­man gets the same level of spec and costs $65,900.

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