In a break from our usual programming, Nick and I went on something of a road trip in the old Mini JCW hatchback. It's a truly great car -- fun, fast and good looking -- but is it suitable for a 1,000 mile drive in less than 24 hours? We found out.
Ferarri won't be the only automaker unveiling a "most powerful model ever" this week. Mini's getting in on the horsepower race too--only on a much smaller scale. There's already a higher-performance John Cooper Works (JCW) version of every other vehicle configuration in Mini's lineup, so it's no surprise that we'll be seeing a hi-po version of the Mini Countryman next week at the 2012 Geneva auto show.
The JCW Countryman will also carry the distinction of being the most powerful model in Mini's lineup thanks to its 211-horsepower, four-cylinder, twin-scroll turbocharged … Read more
Does the Clubman fill a good niche in the Mini line, or is it just taking the shtick a little too far?
Brian Cooley takes you for a drive to check the tech.
You can also read CNET's full review of the Clubman John Cooper Works.