Aside from the Countryman, BMW Malaysia has also launched the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman – the sportiest version of the British brand’s six-door hatchback/estate offering sits at the top of the local Clubman lineup that has been on sale here since last year.

Like its SUV sibling, the JCW Clubman is also a fairly pricey proposition, coming in at RM328,888 on-the-road without insurance – a whole RM75,000 more expensive than the Cooper S Clubman. Included is a four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and a four-year/60,000 km free service package.

Power comes from the same 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 231 hp from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 350 Nm of torque between 1,450 to 4,500 rpm, 39 hp and 70 Nm more than the Cooper S. An eight-speed sport automatic gearbox and an All4 all-wheel drive system enables the Clubman to go from zero to 100 km/h a shade quicker than the Countryman – 6.3 seconds – before hitting top whack at 238 km/h.

Under the skin, the JCW Clubman features sports suspension that is 10 mm lower than standard, but it doesn’t come with the Countryman’s adaptive dampers. What you do get, however, are Brembo brakes with four-piston callipers which are painted red and feature the JCW logo.

The same exterior addenda that graces the Countryman can also be found here – more aggressive front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a large tailgate spoiler and a JCW exhaust system with twin exits, along with Chilli Red bonnet and side stripes, roof and mirror caps. You’ll also find red highlights on the grille and side scuttles, as well as 18-inch Course Spoke alloy wheels.

Setting the JCW apart on the inside are sports seats, a JCW multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, a sportier instrument cluster, JCW-badged side sills and stainless steel pedals. Local cars are equipped with a chrome line trim package, anthracite headlining and illuminated MINI Yours Fibre Alloy trim.

Standard equipment includes LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and cornering lights, puddle lamps with the MINI logo, Comfort Access keyless entry, auto lights and wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone auto climate control, cruise control and powered rear barn doors with handsfree opening.

The kit list also includes the full Professional navigation system with an 8.8-inch touchscreen and an iDrive-style controller with touch input, plus a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a head-up display and a reverse camera. The car also comes with MINI Connected smartphone connectivity as well as MINI Find Mate, which consists of Bluetooth tags that can be attached to your belongings, enabling them to be tracked.