The MINI Clubman stands out not only with its unique design, but also with an impressive line of power units. The three engines developed specifically for the new generation of MINI come standard with all new technologies introduced for the 2008 model year and offer impressive performance and efficiency. The US market will offer models with the 1.6 liter gasoline power units, in normally aspirated and turbocharged form. There are currently no plans to offer the Diesel units in the US market.
2008 Mini Clubman
Although it will not be available on the US models at the time of launch, the Brake Energy Regeneration feature ensures that the output coming from the engine is converted primarily into drive power, with electricity being generated for the on-board network only when the engine’s drive power is not in demand; for example, when the car is rolling freely in overrun (engine braking) or during application of the brakes. To achieve this effect, the alternator is automatically disengaged from the engine while under power, that is when accelerating and pulling the car. Accordingly, the power that the alternator would consume and take away from the engine in the conventional mode now remains fully available for even more efficient and dynamic acceleration. An adequate supply of electric energy to the on-board system is ensured at all times, since the alternator is activated again as soon as the engine’s drive power is not in demand or the driver applies the brakes.
The new Auto Start Stop feature on manual gearbox versions of the MINI Clubman also serves to improve efficiency by switching off the engine in idling situations. It is important to note that like MINI’s Brake Energy Regeneration, this option will not be available for US models at the time of launch. Whenever the car comes to a stop at a road junction, for example, Auto Start Stop automatically switches off the engine as soon as the driver shifts to neutral and takes his or her foot off the clutch pedal. Then, to re-start the engine, all the driver has to do is press down the clutch pedal again and the engine restarts automatically without the slightest delay. Auto Start Stop helps to maximize fuel efficiency in city traffic, essentially reducing consumption of energy and generation of exhaust emissions to zero in a very simple way every time the car comes to a stop.
The gearshift point indicator is another way the MINI Clubman can help the driver achieve efficient motoring: The feature is standard on manually equipped MINI Clubman models and is designed to compute the most efficient style of motoring. The electronic control unit continually analyzes engine speed, driving conditions and the position of the gas pedal, and calculates the most efficient style of motoring relative to the gear selected. The system then alerts the driver when a gearshift is recommended to maintain optimum efficiency. An arrow symbol along with the number of the ideal gear appears in the cockpit display beneath the tachometer.
2008 Mini Clubman
In terms of spirited motoring, the MINI Cooper S Clubman boasts a 1.6-litre four-cylinder power unit developing maximum output of 175 hp at 5,500 rpm with the help of a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct gasoline injection, the MINI Cooper S Clubman offers maximum torque of 177 lb-ft all the way from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, with a further brief increase to an even more significant 192 lb-ft by means of the Overboost function. On the road, this accelerates the MINI Cooper S Clubman to 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds and gives the car a top speed of 139 mph. The MINI Cooper S Clubman offers not only impressive performance, but also an exceptionally good economy, with average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of just 6.3 litres/100 kilometres or equal to 44.8 mpg imp. At the same time the MINI Cooper S Clubman also achieves a CO2 emission rating of 150 grams per kilometre.
The balance of performance and economy is equally impressive on the MINI Cooper Clubman. Its 1.6-liter four-cylinder normally-aspirated power unit features fully variable valve management similar to the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC system. This improves the engine’s response, refinement, and efficiency of the power unit. Maximum output of this innovative engine is 120 hp at 6,000 rpm, with maximum torque of 118 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm.
With this power, the MINI Cooper Clubman accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.8 seconds and has a top speed of 125 mph. It also achieves impressive average fuel consumption in the EU cycle of 5.5 litres/100 kilometers or equal to 51.4 mpg imp, and a CO2 emission rating of 132 grams per kilometer making the MINI Cooper Clubman a true class leader.
2008 Mini Clubman
The 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel in the MINI Cooper D Clubman offers outstanding efficiency with a maximum output of 110 hp at 4,000 rpm. The new diesel engine is exceptionally light thanks to its aluminium-alloy construction and offers innovative common-rail direct injection and a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry for optimum power and performance. In addition, an Overboost function in the MINI Cooper D Clubman ensures a particularly powerful and dynamic response under spirited acceleration: Overboost briefly increases maximum torque from 177–192 lb/ft between 1,750 and 2,000 rpm. The new MINI Cooper D Clubman accelerates to 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds and has a top speed of 120 mph. At the same time it exhibits exemplary fuel economy with average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle at just 4.1 litres per kilometre or 68.9 mpg imp. And last but not least, the CO2 emission rating is extremely low at just 109 grams per kilometre.
2008 Mini Clubman
The MINI Cooper S Clubman, MINI Cooper Clubman, and MINI Cooper D Clubman are all equipped standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option featuring a sport-tuned manual mode that allows the driver to select gears by means of paddles on the steering wheel.