MINI’s two most powerful models yet to get BMW X2 M35i engines
MINI has unveiled two new cars it has been working on for some time, the John Cooper Works-branded models Countryman and Clubman. Both will arrive on the market packing 2.0-liter, turbo-four M Performance engines like the one that comes with the BMW X2 M35i.
Installed on the new MINI JCW, the BMW four-banger churns out 306 hp (228 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb×ft) of torque starting from 1,750 RPM. Apparently, the company had to design a special cooling circuit for the model to accommodate the new engine. The transmission is eight-speed automatic, bundled with launch control and paddle shifter options. The Clubman needs 4.9 seconds to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph), whereas the Countryman is barely behind with 5.1 s.
Both newcomers feature AWD, mechanical diff lock, and a sports exhaust system ending in two tailpipes running down the sides. The manufacturer also says it has made substantial improvements to the chassis design, enhancing the car’s cornering stability.
The standard equipment list includes such entries as LED lighting, keyless start-and-go, drive mode selector, bucket seats, and an advanced infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen.
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