Mini John Cooper Works versions are getting a power boost. The 2020 Mini John Cooper Clubman and Countryman have over 300 horsepower packed into the tiny package. The revised 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine has 301 horsepower and 331 pound per feet of torque. The improvements include a stronger crankshaft, new pistons and rods and a lower compression ration to handle extra boost.
The Clubman and Countryman will enjoy an improved 0 to 60 mph by 1.5 seconds with the engine and drivetrain changes. The Clubman goes 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, while the Countryman hits 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Both Minis are the first to be given a 155-mph electronic speed limiter. Why does a Mini Cooper need a governor, when previous models couldn’t even reach those speeds.
To improve handling, the Mini also has some performance upgrades. Both models have small suspension revisions in addition to additional chassis bracing. Consumers have the option of an upgrade package including electronically adjustable shocks. The rear brakes feature fixed four-piston calipers and come with 13 inches in diameter, while the front rotors are 14.2 inches in diameter. The Clubman has a new grill insert and new Union Jack taillights, but the Countryman stays the same as the current model. Looking at the interior, it remains the same.
Mini USA head of marketing, Pat McKenna, said, “the updated JCW Countryman and Clubman, I am thrilled those are coming to market. I think it’ll be a reminder for everyone that fun to drive is what drives this brand.” There have been no announcements on pricing and availability yet. Expectations are that the vehicles will be for sale in the next few months. Pricing is likely to be close to the current model with the 2019 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman starting at $37,250, and the 2019 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman starting at $39,250.
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