Adding a new level of performance to the largest member of its family, Mini has taken the wraps off of the 2017 John Cooper Works Clubman which debuts at the Paris Motor Show. This slick 5-passenger compact wagon follows the classic JCW formula by matching a powerful engine with enthusiast-focused upgrades, including the latest version of the automaker’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system.

Motivation for this new JCW Clubman comes from the most potent engine in Mini's arsenal. Its 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder cranks out 228 horsepower, the same as the JCW-spec engine in the Cooper S Hardtop and Convertible and 39 more ponies than you’ll find in the base Cooper S. 

More torque

In this latest Clubman variation, maximum torque has been raised from 236 to 258 lb-ft – the most ever for any Mini to wear a JCW badge. Backed by either its standard 6-speed manual or optional 8-speed Steptronic sport automatic with shifter paddles and aided by Launch Control, the new JCW Clubman sprints to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds.

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To put that added firepower to best use, the JCW Clubman also boasts a enhancements including a new and highly refined on-demand ALL4 AWD system that ships power fore and aft as needed to ensure optimum traction. The JCW Clubman also features Electronic Differential Lock Control for its front axle and rides 0.4-inch closer to the ground whether fitted with its standard sport suspension or optional Dynamic Damper Control. Stopping power is supplied by Brembo brakes with 4-piston front calipers while standard 225/40 tires are mounted on black-finish 18-inch JCW Grip Spoke alloy wheels. A 19-inch alternative wrapped in 225/35 rubber is available.

Performance never looked this good

Like other John Cooper Works models, the exterior of the JCW Clubman features more aggressive aero-enhancing front and rear fascias as well as custom side sills and a roof spoiler. Specific trim touches and badging are set off by full LED headlamps and optional LED cornering lamps along with dual chrome exhaust outlets. The cabin boasts John Cooper Works sports seats wrapped in Carbon Black fabric.Carbon Black leather upholstery is optional. Other distinctive touches include an Anthracite headliner, Grey Checkered and red accents, JCW leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, dark-face instruments, and stainless steel sport pedals.

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Beyond dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth phone/audio streaming and a 6.5-inch center display screen, this JCW version of the Clubman brings Park Distance Control, a rear-view camera, and Comfort Access that can open the split rear cargo doors by a quick flick of the foot under its rear bumper. Options include navigation with an 8.8-inch screen, panoramic glass roof, Harman-Kardon premium audio and roof rails. The JCW Clubman also offers a number of personalization items for which the marque has become famous. The 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman arrives this December. Pricing and other details will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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