The Mini Clubman John Cooper Works has been spotted testing ahead of an expected launch in summer 2016.
The regular version of the Clubman was only revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, but the hot JCW version is not expected to be that far behind.
These spy shots show a car with camouflage that doesn’t quite disguise all of the extra equipment that will come with a performance Clubman. The bigger air intakes in the front bumper are visible, while the red, upgraded brake calipers can be seen through the alloy wheels.
Although nothing has been officially confirmed, it is highly likely that the Clubman JCW will come with the same 228bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that features in the hatch version. In the hatch, the JCW improves performance to the extent that the hot version manages the 0-62mph sprint 0.5sec faster than the Cooper S at 6.3sec. Given that the Clubman Cooper S manages the sprint in 7.2sec, a time of around 6.7sec is likely.
Fuel economy is likely to take a hit, too, as the JCW hatch averages 42.2mpg combined against the Cooper S's 49.6mpg, so a similar drop is likely from the 45.6mpg claimed for the Clubman Cooper S.
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