MINI John Cooper Works Clubman 

  • $24k
  • 2008
  • 208 HP 1.6L
  • 147 mph
That's a dangerous place to be: the Golf offers a whole lot more practicality and space, along with truer, sharper hot hatch handling.
by Top Gear (Jan, 2010)
The driving position is spot-on, and the steering is nicely weighted and direct.
by Top Gear (Jan, 2010)

Road Tests Real world tests of the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman


John Cooper Works Clubman
6.8 s
2.7 s

Top speed

John Cooper Works Clubman
147 mph
253 mph
220 mph


John Cooper Works Clubman
14.2 s
5.1 s

1/4 mile

John Cooper Works Clubman
14.5 s
10.2 s

Nurburgring time

John Cooper Works Clubman
Nissan GT-R

Data points Key details of the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman


John Cooper Works Clubman


John Cooper Works Clubman
208 HP
987 HP
750 HP

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


It packs the same 208bhp punch as the hot hatch from its 1.6-litre turbo-charged engine and comes with a similar array of performance and styling additions, including an aero kit, 17-inch ‘Challenge’ wheels, 316mm Brembo brakes, a black grille and an Acantara steering wheel.
by EVO (Jul, 2009)
It gets the same 1.6-litre turbo engine as the two-door Mini JCW, putting out the same 208bhp, as well as the full aftermarket array of scoops and skirts and chrome bits.
by Top Gear (Jan, 2010)
Though adorned with nice leather as standard, the Clubman JCW costs £22,230 - only a few hundred quid less than a three-door Golf GTI (and that's before you start adding Mini's notorious options packs).
by Top Gear (Jan, 2010)


The best way to attack the corners is to fling the car in on the brakes, so the rear helps with the steering, but it feels a little less frenetic.
by EVO (Jul, 2009)
It's a big ‘if', however - like the Mini JCW, the Clubman JCW's front wheels have something of an on-off relationship with the road.
by Top Gear (Jan, 2010)
With its longer wheelbase, the Clubman is less twitchy than the Mini JCW when the back end gets loose (which it does, a lot), and for a car with such a firm suspension set-up, it rides surprisingly well - though gets a bit unsettled by potholes.
by Top Gear (Jan, 2010)


If you can get the power down, it's fast: 0-62mph in sub-seven seconds is true hot hatch pace.
by Top Gear (Jan, 2010)


Whatever you might think of the styling, the Clubman does have the advantage of an 80mm longer wheelbase, and that’s a tangible benefit when putting so much power through the front axle.
by EVO (Jul, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand MINI
Price $24,100
Year 2008

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.95 lb/hp
Maximum hp 208 HP
Maximum torque 192 ft-lb
Engine placement Front
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,600 cc
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.03 in / 3.38 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,486 lb
Width 66.3 in
Height 56.4 in
Length 155.8 in
Front track width 57.2 in
Wheelbase 100.3 in

road tests

Top speed 147 mph
1/4 mile 14.5 s
0-60mph 6.8 s
0-100mph 14.2 s
0-200kph 26.9 s
20.6km nurburgring time 8:35.0
Tsukuba circuit time 1:09.77
Hockenheim short lap time 1:18.50


Drivetrain 2WD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
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