2020 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman/Countryman First Look
- Big power jump for the top-spec Mini Clubman and Countryman
- 301-hp 2.0-liter turbo
- 8-speed automatic only, manual transmission dropped
- Standard ALL4 all-wheel drive
- Pricing not yet released, current JCW Clubman is $35,900, Countryman is $37,900
- Arrives in showrooms late summer
The Mini John Cooper Works Clubman and John Cooper Works Countryman get a big power boost for 2020, with output of their shared turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four climbing from 228 to 301 horsepower—the most ever offered in a Mini. The output gains come at a cost, however: The 6-speed manual gearbox has been dropped from the JCW Clubman and Countryman, as the 8-speed automatic becomes the sole transmission offering.
What are the prices for the 2020 JCW Clubman and Countryman?
Pricing has not yet been announced, but we’d expect a bump up from the current starting figures of $35,900 for the Clubman and $37,900 for the Countryman (plus $850 destination). The 2020 Mini JCW Clubman and Countryman should reach dealerships in late summer.
More horsepower and torque
Besides the 73-horsepower boost to 301, the 2020 JCW Clubman and Countryman see a major increase in torque, which goes from 236 lb-ft to 331, available from 1,750 rpm. Mini says the John Cooper Works Clubman can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds—more than a second quicker than the old model. The JCW Countryman is similarly quicker, taking 5.1 seconds to reach 62 mph whereas it needed 6.2 seconds before.
A bigger turbocharger helps achieve the extra output, and further changes to the 2.0-liter engine encompass the crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods, main bearing, and fuel injectors. The engine cooling system has been enhanced and the transmission has its own oil cooler. The more powerful turbo 4-cylinder exhales through a redesigned Sport exhaust system. As before, Mini’s ALL4 all-wheel drive is standard, although components have been beefed up to handle the additional torque. So, too, have the brakes, which now include 4-piston rear calipers.
Interestingly, with this engine update, the John Cooper Works Clubman and Countryman diverge from their Hardtop and Convertible JCW siblings. Those smaller Mini models do not get the more powerful engine for 2020, but instead will keep the 228-hp version—along with the option of the manual gearbox.
Don't care about big power? Then work a deal on the outgoing versions with your local dealer now!