Mini has yanked the covers off the updated John Cooper Works versions of its Clubman wagon and Countryman SUV, with a large upgrade in the powertrain department.
Sitting under the bonnet is the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine sourced from BMW as before. However, the British brand was turned up the wick, and it now produces 225kW of power and 450Nm of torque – 55kW and 100Nm more.
Drive is sent to the tarmac through a standard eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, paired to an ‘All4’ all-wheel-drive system. 0-100km/h is claimed to occur in just 4.9 seconds in the Clubman, or 5.1 seconds in the heavier Countryman.
It’s important to note that this is the same engine and driveline as the related BMW X2 M35i, and upcoming BMW M135i.
Other mechanical changes include a revised exhaust system, mechanically-locking front differential, larger brakes and a petrol particulate filter that allows the duo to meet Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standards.
The Clubman JCW also receives the matrix LED headlights and Union Jack taillights that debuted on the standard range last month.
The 2020 Mini Clubman and Countryman JCW launhces in the coming months.