Singapore. MINI Asia and Eurokars Habitat today announced the availability of the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. With the concentrated power of their new engine and its optimised ability to transfer its output onto either a road surface or loose terrain, the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman have assured their places in the leading line-up of sport models in the premium compact segment.
In both models, a new 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission is fitted as standard, including mechanical differential lock on the front axle, an ALL4 all-wheel drive system, a specifically engineered chassis, and additional reinforcement modifications for the body structure, engine connection and chassis fastenings. This enables the John Cooper Works racing sensations to attain a completely new dimension of performance.
Both the individual six door model with its extreme driving fun and the robust all-rounder provide a challenging performance experience. The latest generation of the 4-cylinder engine developed for the John Cooper Works models with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology surpasses that of the previous drive by as much as 75 hp at maximum output. Maximum torque has increased by 100 Nm to 450 Nm, and acceleration performance has also risen commensurately. The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman turns in an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, with the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman achieving the same in 5.1 seconds – 1.4 and 1.5 seconds faster than in the previous models respectively.
Summary of highlights: The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.
• New 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology and 306 hp with 450 Nm.
• Increase in output compared to the previous models: 75 hp.
• Cooling concept incorporates know-how from the race track.
• New exhaust system with remarkable sound development.
• MINI ALL4 all-wheel drive as standard.
• New 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission with integrated mechanical differential lock for the front wheel.
• Model-specific chassis design and coordination.
• New bigger John Cooper Works sport brake system.
• Extremely rigid body structure, motor connection and chassis fastenings.
• New adaptive LED headlights with Matrix high beam function and LED rear lights in Union Jack design in the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman.
Maximum output from four cylinders: New 2.0 litre engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology.
As the power source for extreme driving fun, the comprehensively redesigned 4-cylinder engine has been consistently oriented towards maximum output. The 4-cylinder engine has been completely redesigned to deliver maximum performance thanks to model-specific modifications to the crankshaft drive and a new vibration damper with optimised cooling. The considerably increased output compared to the previous engine is also helped along by the bigger turbocharger, with a reduction in compression ratio from 10.2 to 9.5 to match the increased system charging pressure.
In addition, the turbocharger integrated in the exhaust manifold is fitted with a blow-off valve that contributes to its optimised response characteristics. The air intake duct has also been redeveloped and dethrottled as far as possible. The fine vaporisation enables precise metering of the fuel, which makes for especially clean combustion in addition to enabling optimum efficiency. The MINI TwinPower Turbo technology also includes fully variable valve control along the lines of the VALVETRONIC system patented by the BMW Group, as well as variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust sides (double VANOS).
The high-performance drive of the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman generates a maximum torque of 450 Nm in the broad engine speed range between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm, which is around 29 percent higher than that of the previous engine. The maximum output of the new 4-cylinder engine has been increased by approximately 32 percent. The new top level of 306 hp is reached between 5,000 and 6,250 rpm. The resulting pulling power enables the new engine of the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman to produce an acceleration performance of 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, while the figure for the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is 5.1 seconds. For the first time with MINI vehicles, the maximum speed of the new top sports performer is now electronically limited to 250 km/h. Speed burst manoeuvres are accompanied by the striking sound of the newly developed, model-specific sport exhaust system. The extreme output of the engine makes itself more intensively felt than ever before, with an emotionally charged acoustic design that matches the load requirements while underlining its performance character. The twin exhaust system leads into a new, particularly large-volume rear silencer – with its low level of exhaust back pressure, this benefits the engine’s spontaneous power delivery. The external diameter of the tailpipe trims integrated in the right and left of the rear apron is 95 millimetres for the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and 85 millimetres in the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.
8-speed Steptronic sports transmission, mechanical differential lock.
The transverse-mounted front engine in both of these extreme sport vehicles transmits its phenomenal power to the 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission. The latest generation of the transmission features enhanced internal efficiency and an extended steering axis inclination – this contributes to lower engine speeds when driving in a higher gear, which in turn translates to lower fuel consumption. A new transmission control increases both the gear shift dynamics and driving comfort, and shift paddles are mounted as standard on the steering wheel for manual gear selection. Moreover, the 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission offers Launch Control for accelerating from standing with optimum traction and maximum dynamics.
The new automatic transmission also features an integrated differential lock – it functions transversely to reduce the speed compensation between the front wheels. Under load conditions, this means that a locking effect of up to 39 percent can be generated. The mechanical differential lock is interconnected with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, which aids both the traction of the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman in all road conditions, as well as the driving dynamics when taking bends with a sporty driving style. The differential lock supports the vehicle’s agility when changing direction quickly or accelerating dynamically out of a bend, by applying targeted shifting of the drive torque.
ALL4 all-wheel drive with model-specific components.
The standard ALL4 all-wheel drive system plays a central role in optimising the cars’ traction, agility and driving stability. The intelligent controller of the ALL4 system is interconnected with the DSC Dynamic Stability Control and constantly calculates the ideal power distribution ratio between the front and rear wheels.
In normal driving conditions with the DSC activated, it transmits the drive torque in the brand-typical manner to the front wheels. This allows the engine power to be converted into forward propulsion with maximum efficiency. But if the DSC controller detects a danger of slip on the front wheels, within a fraction of a second, the hang-on clutch will transfer the drive torque to the rear wheels with the aid of an electrohydraulic pump.
Evolved sport chassis, new sport brake system.
The chassis technology of the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman has also been enhanced to a new level of performance. Newly designed swivel bearings enable improved camber values on the front wheels.
Moreover, the readjusted suspension and damping systems, the DSC and the electromechanical steering are precisely oriented towards the extremely agile character of the new top sports model. The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman features a sports suspension, while the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman features an adaptive chassis with electronically controlled dampers. Judder dampers operate in line with a choice of two characteristic diagrams, coordinated for either sporty or more comfort-oriented driving scenarios; these can be activated in the MINI Driving Modes.
The sport brake system has also been redesigned and now contains 4-piston, fixed-caliper disc brakes on the rear wheels to ensure constantly high braking values even under intensive use. The large brake discs of 360 × 30 millimetres at the front and 330 × 20 millimetres at the rear combined with optimised coolant duct geometry also play their part in achieving the high level of stability. The red-coated brake calipers at the front bear the John Cooper Works logo. Also part of the standard equipment are the 19-inch John Cooper Works light metal wheels in the Circuit Spoke 2-tone design on both models.
Body structure and chassis fastening with optimised rigidity.
The long wheelbase, large track width and low centre of gravity that both models display are ideal for a chassis design and tuning aimed at consistent sports performance. In addition, the systematic reinforcement of the body structure and extremely taut chassis connections in the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ensure maximum driving precision. Both models possess a newly developed precision strut for the engine compartment, which connects the right and left spring strut domes. The bracing of the front end is provided by specific arrow struts and a dome-bulkhead strut in the undercarriage.
Model-specific design features in the exterior serve to optimise the vehicles’ aerodynamic features and air duct design. For example, the large air inlets on the front of the vehicle serve the cooling requirements of both the drive and the brake system. In addition, the outstanding performance characteristics are reflected in the model-specific design of the side skirts and the independent rear aprons with integrated diffuser elements. Model-specific roof spoilers play a role in reducing uplift at high travel speeds. In addition, the two new John Cooper Works models are equipped with aerodynamically optimised mirror caps.
Exclusive standard equipment, high-class options.
Other model-specific accentuations in the exterior include the contrast paintwork in red for the roof and the mirror caps, an individual design for the side scuttles by the additional indicators, and the John Cooper Works logo in the radiator grille and tailgate. Both models also feature a panoramic glass sunroof. The central air inlet of both models has a honeycomb pattern structure, while the inlet of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman also has a red surround.
The exclusive standard equipment of both top sports models in the MINI range also includes the Comfort Access system, MINI Driving Modes, a 12 speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and the Radio MINI Visual Boost including an 8.8-inch touch display.
The cars are equipped with a 4G SIM card – this is used for the Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic detection of vehicle location and accident severity function, as well as MINI Teleservices. In conjunction with the Connected Navigation, it is possible to use the Real Time Traffic Information service, MINI Online and Apple CarPlay for seamless connectivity on the go. In addition, the standard-fitted MINI Connected application offers an exceptionally wide range of digital services that allow seamless integration of the car into the driver’s day-to-day digital routine. This includes the possibility of sending navigation destinations from smartphone to vehicle and receiving information regarding the ideal departure time, as well as Remote Services. The latter function allows the driver not just to display vehicle location, fuel level and other vehicle status details on their smartphone, but also activate the headlight flasher, horn, ventilation and door lock/unlock function.
On the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, a red cross-member subdivides the newly designed radiator grille. Its adaptive LED headlamps with Matrix LED Headlight Technology, rear lights and aerodynamic kit also display the new design of the latest model revision for the MINI Clubman. The racing sensation has been elevated to new dimensions, which can be enjoyed on the car’s five full-feature seats. The characteristic interior sports car flair of both cars are partly down to the John Cooper Works sports seats with Dinamica/Leather combination as well as a MINI Yours Piano Black interior trim, the John Cooper Works sport steering wheel with multifunction buttons, the John Cooper Works selector lever, and the anthracite headliner. The Park Distance Control system in the front and rear with Parking Assistant as well as a Rear-View camera enables fuss-free parking.