The MINI Cooper Clubman ALL4 and the John Cooper Works Convertible that were announced back in January both made their world debuts in New York at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is a front-wheel drive system that will shift power from the front to the rear wheels whenever conditions warrant it. The power shift takes just a fraction of a second. The new ALL4 system is also lighter and more compact than previous all-wheel drive platforms for improved handling and fuel economy. Both the Cooper Clubman ALL4 and Cooper S Clubman ALL4 come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission but an 8-speed automatic is optional.
The MINI Convertible gets the John Cooper Works treatment with a stiffer suspension, redesigned body kit, 18″ wheels and red brake calipers. Under the hood on the JCW Convertible is a 2.0L turbo engine that pumps out 228 horsepower. Canadian pricing information is not available for these new MINIs but in the US the MINI Cooper Clubman ALL4 will start at $26,750, and the MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4 will start at $33,330. The MINI Convertible John Cooper Works will start at $35,600.
Remember almost a year ago to the day when I wrote about the MINI JCW Concept? Let me refresh your memory. And now that you’ve got those details fresh in your brain, my job is done. You now know everything there is to know about the production model. Oh, it’s got 228 hp and 236 lb/ft of torque. 0-60 in 6.1s. It looks the same and has the same features as the concept. We just have better pictures now. I still can’t figure out who would buy this car. Want a high-performance FWD machine? Ford’s got you covered. Want something with more creature comforts? Volkswagen fits the bill. Want something ugly quirky? Go all out and get a Fiat 500. Check out the pictures and tell me I’m wrong. You’re only lying to yourselves.
You may remember my article about the new MINI Paceman, wondering what the point of it was. Wondering what hole it filled and what demographic is was aimed towards. I never got answers to those questions but, whatever the answers are, MINI has added “Wannabe Race Car Driver” to the list with the Paceman John Cooper Works.
You get the same 208 horsepower engine and all wheel drive as the eleventy other MINI models. But it’s bigger, but with less doors. MINI’s just beating a dead horse now. They clearly didn’t care very much about it either because they didn’t bother covering the thing up. There was no point in showing up for the press release because we just grabbed some pictures ahead of time.
In an effort to expand their model lineup, MINI introduced a new model that didn’t really make sense to us. The Mini Paceman, which we showed you from the LA Auto Show, is a lowered Mini Countryman with only two doors. It didn’t really make much sense to us, and we poked fun at what MINI calls the new segment of cars that the Paceman falls into. The Sport Activity Coupe, or SAC as it is known around these parts, is an addition to the Mini Cooper line-up that really does not serve a purpose or solve any problems.
So, what do you do as an automaker to try to make it a bit more exciting? If you are MINI, you would give the new Paceman the John Cooper Works treatment and launch the 2014 MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. ALL4, all wheel drive comes standard on the JCW Paceman but a 6-speed automatic is optional. There are no advantages to either the auto or manual transmission as MINI claims both will take 6.9s to reach 100km/h (62mph) from a stand still.
I was still sour about the Mini Paceman when I saw another large MINIcoupe, but with painted-over windows. Oh, and there’s a suicide door on one side. “Okay?”, I thought, “It’s designed to kidnap somebody… in style?” A closer look shows me that there are only two seats, with a partition separating them from the large rear cargo area. At least the kidnapee has lots of room for activities back there.