Mini outs John Cooper Works Clubman and Countryman

Mini has announced a new version of the John Cooper Works (JCW) Clubman and Countryman that both pack more power under the hood. Both models use the same new 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission that has a mechanical differential lock on the front axle. Both cars all have the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system.Both JCW cars have specially engineered chassis with additional reinforcement modifications for the body structure, engine connection, and chassis fastenings. Power for both comes from a 4-cylinder TwinPower turbo engine that makes 331 pound-feet of torque and 301 horsepower. That is a gain of 73 horsepower compared to stock.

Mini says that the Clubman can reach 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. Mini uses cooling technology that was devised on the race track to keep the car cool under hard use. The exhaust system promises "remarkable" sound and uses a Petrol particulate filter to be compliant with the Euro 6d-TEMP standard.

With all that power, the JCW cars need brakes too, and both get larger JCW sport brake systems. The cars also come with LED headlights and LED rear lights in a Union Jack design in the new Mini JCW Clubman.

Both cars get special JCW seats and sport steering wheels. Inside they include an infotainment screen that measures 6.5-inches with navigation as an option. Buyers who opt for Connected Navigation Plus get an 8.8-inch touch display. Real Time Traffic Information service is available, and the system is CarPlay compatible. Mini is silent on exact pricing for these cars and when they might launch. These cars make lots more power than the previous models making it worth the wait if you are in the market.