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The 2016 John Cooper Works Mini Clubman Got A Lot Of Torque For Christmas

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Mini has introduced the 2016 John Cooper Works Mini Clubman—that’s the big boaty wagon Mini, but now it comes with the most torque out of the lineup. It’s also green and red with flashing lights on the inside. We’re still in September, right?

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Look at the exterior of the JCW Clubman. The press photos show a green and red color scheme. Look at the inside:

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Why did Mini go so Christmas for the press release of the new JCW Clubman? It is definitely still September!

Well you don’t have to get the green and red paint scheme—I wouldn’t. What you do get with the new JCW Clubman is six doors (standard), all-wheel-drive (standard), and the same 2.0 liter turbo four with 228 horsepower found in the JCW Cooper, but with an increase up to 258 lb-ft of torque. It is now the Mini with the most torque.

The JCW jingle-wagon will hit a 0-to-60 time of six seconds, which is almost a full second over the S model, and a top speed of 147 miles per hour. It comes with a standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Clubman is easily the “nicest” Mini in the lineup, and really tries to limit the Fisher-Price playtime interior I don’t really like from the rest of the Mini lineup. I drove around Charlotte Motor Speedway for half of a lap in one over the summer and it was good and nice, and I remember desiring one for a time.

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Just definitely not with flashing lights and a Christmas color scheme. There’s no word on pricing yet, but it will sound expensive, “for a Mini.”

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Reviews Editor, Jalopnik

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miltonnabe
Third Gear

So, the fully decked out JCW version is *almost* as fast as a 155 HP Miata?

Yeah, I know. Different markets. But why do BMW engineers suck at making a decent 2.0 liter turbo engine for MINI? Subaru has been getting 268 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque out of the base WRX engine. And I would bet anything that the Subaru engine lasts longer.