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Mini’s John Cooper Works Clubman is a 228hp go-kart with a trunk

Mini has expanded the second-generation Clubman lineup with a performance-oriented model named John Cooper Works (JCW). The hot-rodded Clubman just made its public debut at the biennial Paris Auto Show.

The JCW Clubman gets a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that’s both turbocharged and direct-injected. Also found in a handful of other Mini and BMW models, the turbo four pumps out 228 horsepower from 5,200 to 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque over a broad range that stretches from 1,450 to 4,500 rpm. Transmission options include an enthusiast-approved six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic controlled by steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

A launch control function and Mini’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system comes standard regardless of which transmission is chosen. ALL4 boosts both performance and traction in adverse weather conditions, according to the company.

Its 228 horses is enough to send the 3,400-pound JCW Clubman from 0 to 60 mph in six seconds flat, and on to a top speed of 147 mph. To complement the extra power, Mini has added a sports exhaust line, a lowered and stiffened suspension, and beefier Brembo brakes on all four corners. An adaptive suspension with several built-in settings is found on the list of options.

The JCW looks sportier than a standard Clubman thanks to a full body kit that includes a specific front bumper with wider air dams and side skirts, a bigger roof-mounted spoiler, two chromed exhaust tips, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped by low-profile Bridgestone tires. The track-inspired look continues inside with bucket seats for the front passengers, red contrast stitching, and a new speedometer with checkered flag graphics.

The 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman will join the standard model in showrooms in December. Pricing information will be announced in the weeks leading up to its on-sale date.

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