Both JCW models get a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine with direct gasoline injection good for 211 horsepower, which was developed for the Mini John Cooper Works Challenge racing model.
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For the first time ever, the Clubman nameplate gets the Works treatment. The Mini John Cooper Clubman shares nearly all of its performance DNA with its little brother, despite having a wheelbase that is more than 3 inches longer.
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The Mini John Cooper Clubman goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds--0.3 second slower than its smaller sibling, but it shares the regular Mini John Cooper Works' top speed of 148 mph.
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Both the Mini John Cooper Works and the Mini John Cooper Clubman get Dynamic Stability Control and traction control as standard. Standard suspension is the same as that found on the S models, although both models are available with a sports suspension featuring even firmer dampers.
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The John Cooper Works Minis differentiate themselves on the inside with a three-spoke, leather, sports steering wheel and a speedometer that shows a top speed of 160 mph.
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Both John Cooper Works models are available with a wide range of extra features from the JCW accessories line, including bolstered Recaro sports seats.
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Like the "regular" Cooper models, the JCW Minis are available with a 6.5-inch instrument-panel-mounted navigation system, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and an iPhone-compatible iPod adapter.
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Both models get specially designed 17-inch light-alloy rims, modified polished stainless steel sports exhaust, and unmistakable JCW paint jobs in a choice of 10 colors. An Aerodynamics Package with Sports Suspension (red-painted springs, perforated brake discs, rear spoiler) as well as carbon-fiber trimmed rear-view mirrors, and special housings for the turn-signal lights.
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