Claimed to be the most powerful Minis approved for road use to date, the cars pack a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that has been boosted from the 228bhp of the outgoing models to 302bhp, with torque rising by 74lb ft to 332lb ft.
The upgrade enables a 0-62mph time of 4.9sec for the Clubman and 5.1sec for the Countryman – 1.4sec and 1.5sec quicker than the previous models respectively. Both top out at a governed 155mph. For reference, the rival Cupra Ateca puts out 296bhp and manages the sprint to 62mph in 5.2sec.
Mini claims the engine has been “completely redesigned” with crankshaft modifications and a new vibration damper with optimised cooling. These tweaks help to improve response, claims Mini, as well as boosting output. A new, louder sports exhaust also features with a petrol particulate filter.