Compared with the MINI Cooper Clubman, the 2011 MINI Cooper S Clubman has a more sporting suspension, and as an option, both models – Cooper and Cooper S – are available with sports suspension for an even higher standard of driving enjoyment.
The MINI Cooper S Clubman joins the forces of direct injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger with the incredible power-enhancing and fuel-efficient technology known as Valvetronic, making the engine the most efficient in its displacement class. The MINI Cooper S Clubman accelerates to from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds.
The 2011 MINI Cooper S Clubman produces 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque (192 lb-ft with overboost), while having a 2011 EPA fuel economy estimate of 27 City / 36 Highway mpg for a combined EPA estimate of 30 mpg.
The Mini Cooper S Clubman comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, and can be ordered with an optional six-speed automatic transmission that features a sport mode and includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The MINI Cooper S Clubman has three distinct rear features differentiating it from the Cooper Clubman. The hood scoop, appliqués flanking each side of the license-plate holder are in a grid pattern (mimicking the radiator grill) and the dual tailpipes are split, with one on either side of the body.
The MINI Cooper S Clubman stands out through two design features visualizing the power and performance of its turbocharged engine. First, the powerdome – the curved section of the engine compartment lid – is 20 millimeters or 0.79-inches higher. Second, the size of the bottom air intake is highlighted by a hexagon grid net paralleling the look of the radiator grill with its chrome surround. A further differentiator is the air-intake in the hood of the 2011 MINI Cooper S Clubman.
The MINI Cooper S, in turn, is equipped with 16-inch light-alloy rims and 195/65 R 16 runflat tires. Even larger 17-inch rims running on 205/45 R 17 tires are available as an option.
The 2011 MINI Cooper S Clubman models boast run flat tires as yet another standard feature, modified in this case to reflect the suspension set-up of the MINI. Thanks to their failsafe running characteristics, these tires allow the driver to go on motoring even when a tire is completely flat, covering a distance of up to 90 miles at a maximum speed of 50 mph.
Base Retail Price – USA (effective September 1, 2010) for 2011 MINI Cooper S Clubman $25,500 (2010: $24,750)