This is the first time we're seeing this camouflaged Clubman at the 'Ring.
A rumour in 2015 suggested that Mini would go after the top entrants in the hot hatch market such as the Ford Focus RS by creating a 300-horsepower, all-wheel drive version of the Clubman. The model’s existence seemed like pure speculation until a new spy video revealed Mini testing a camouflaged Clubman with an angry snarl coming out of the tailpipes. Could Mini really have an even hotter model under development?
Unfortunately, there’s not much information about the vehicle at this point. Despite the camouflage, Mini doesn’t appear to be hiding much. A revised front fascia appears to mix elements from the existing Clubman S and John Cooper Works. The hood looks stock, though. The concealment on the fenders might obfuscate slightly wider parts, but the swirling design makes it hard to tell for sure. The body panels at the rear seem to come from the John Cooper Works model.
The exhaust note definitely is not stock, though. This Mini emits a raspy sound from its tailpipes that doesn’t sound like other vehicles in the lineup.
According to the earlier rumour, Mini would use a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder like the one in the BMW 330i. Rather than the mill’s existing output of 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, additional tuning would bump the specs to 300 hp. The All4 all-wheel drive system would make the most out the extra ponies. This hardcore Clubman would also feature red trim and larger fenders.
The existing Clubman John Cooper Works packs a turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine with 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic get the AWD hatchback to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) from a standstill in six seconds. Presumably, an extra 72 hp would bring the sprint's time well into the five-second range for this alleged hotter variant.
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