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Mini John Cooper Works Cl



Having conquered the small car category, the latest generation of the John Cooper Works family model now takes the premium compact segment by storm, too.

In terms of its exterior dimensions and space, the new MiniJohn Cooper Works Clubman is the biggest Mini in the history of the British brand to date. The bonus in terms of roominess, everyday practicali­ty and long-distance suitabilit­y offers a new range of opportunit­ies to enjoy racing passion.

Extreme driving fun and an exclusive aura is due to the precisely harmonised package of engine, suspension, aerodynami­cally optimised exterior and sports car flair in the cockpit, that is typical of the John Cooper Works models. The distinct vehicle character is given additional emphasis with model-specific standard features including the likes of LED headlamps, MiniDrivin­g Modes, Park Distance Control, Comfort Access, Radio Mini Visual Boost, multifunct­ion buttons on the steering wheel and cruise control with brake function.

This is also the first ever combinatio­n of the current 2.0-litre petrol engine developed for John Cooper Works models with the new generation of the all-wheel drive system ALL4. And the four-cylinder engine with Mini TwinPower Turbo Technology pushes out 170kW; 29kW higher than that of the Mini Cooper S Clubman.

The new version of the ALL4 system as fitted to the John Cooper Works Clubman has been optimised for weight and efficiency along with electrohyd­raulic regulation. You also get a six-speed manual transmissi­on as standard, with the eight-speed Steptronic sports transmissi­on being optionally available.

The claimed combined EU fuel consumptio­n is set at 7.4 litres per 100km (automatic: 6.8 litres per 100km, with combined EU CO2 emissions of 168 g/km (154 g/km).

The new Mini John Cooper Works Clubman is claimed to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.3 seconds for both the manual and automatic versions. This is mostly thanks to the traction-optimised power transmissi­on to all four wheels.

A sports exhaust system, Brembo sports brake system, 18inch John Cooper Works Black Grip Spoke light alloy wheels and Dynamic Stability Control DSC including Dynamic Trac- tion Control DTC, EDLC (Electronic Differenti­al Lock Control) and Performanc­e Control are fitted as standard. Dynamic Damper Control and 19-inch light alloy wheels are optionally available.

The innovative shooting brake concept, unique in the compact segment, shows a dynamicall­y elongated silhouette with long roof line; four side doors; sloping rear with hallmark split doors.

Air Curtains and Air Breathers as well as other typical John Cooper Works design features to optimise aerodynami­c properties also do duty. And a front section with especially large side cooling air inlets instead of parking lights and fog lamps, along with model-specific side sills; wide rear apron with integrated, tapered dual tailpipes; John Cooper Works rear spoiler; hexagonal radiator grille with honeycomb pattern and cross member in Chili Red complete the look.

There is a John Cooper Works logo on radiator grille, side scuttles and rear; body finish in Rebel Green, plus red contrastin­g finish for roof and mirror caps, sport stripes in red or black as options available exclusivel­y for John Cooper Works models.

Inside you get five fully-fledged seats with a standard luggage compartmen­t volume of 360 litres, and by folding down the rear backrest, this increases to a useful 1250 litres. There is also touchless opening of the split doors as standard; storage package, roof rails and tow hitch with removable ball head that are optionally available.

The Mini John Cooper Works Clubman features a high-end display and operating concept with the instrument panel on the steering column and hallmark central instrument with standard 6.5-inch colour screen.

An optional 8.8-inch colour screen and Mini Head-Up-Display with John Cooper Works specific display content is also available.

John Cooper Works sports seats in Dinamica/fabric and Carbon Black with integrated headrests are standard interior fitment. As are John Cooper Works door sill finishers; roof liner in anthracite; John Cooper Works leather steering wheel with multifunct­ion buttons and shift paddles in conjunctio­n with the eightspeed Steptronic sports transmissi­on.

Safety comes in the form of a weight and crash-optimised body structure.

Along with standard safety features that include front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, ISOFIX child seat mountings at the rear and optionally also on the front passenger seat, tyre pressure display as well as Intelligen­t Emergency Call and collision warning with city braking function.

For lighting you have LED head-

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