MINI has been synonymous with compact hatchbacks that are nimble and easy to drive around town. MINI has evolved as a premium compact car maker, and even has a cult following. So, what happens when a compact car maker makes the first Sports Activity Coupe? It’s so successful that MINI has manufactured the John Cooper Works Paceman. Combining sporting flair and inimitable style, the race-bred John Cooper Works Paceman’s powertrain and chassis technology are a recipe for smile-inducing agility, and gives it an immediate, show-stealing impact.
Powering this car is a 221PS four-cylinder turbocharged engine that takes to the road with poise and assurance, courtesy its standard ALL4 all-wheel drive system that can be mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox as an alternative to the standard-fitted six-speed manual. Other highlights include reinforced pistons, low-weight crankshafts, an aluminium cylinder block and bearing mounts, and further optimisation of the cooling system, air supply and exhaust gas discharge system. Plus, the turbocharger is twinned with a generously sized intercooler. Peak torque of 280Nm is on tap between 1,900 and 5,000 rpm that can be increased to 300Nm for short periods between 2,100 and 4,500rpm using an ‘overboost’ function. This opens the door to delightfully spirited acceleration to which the standard-fitted sports exhaust system provides a properly stirring soundtrack. The new car dashes from rest to 100km/h in a trifling 6.9 seconds, regardless of the manual or automatic transmission setup. Top speed stands at 226km/h for the manual version and 224km/h for the automatic.
The distinctive character of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman is underlined by bespoke design features. Standard specification includes an aerodynamic kit, 18-inch light alloy wheels, a sports exhaust system with chrome tailpipes, and door sills bearing the John Cooper Works logo. Also available in white and black paintjob, the exclusive Chili Red paint finish can also be specified as an option for the contrast-colour roof and exterior mirror caps. The interior can also be customised with Chili Red trim strips.
The interior combines customary sports car ambience of John Cooper Works models to a particularly alluring effect. The rear compartment features a pair of individual seats in which the rear passengers can enjoy that unmistakable racing feeling in lounge-style surroundings. A sports steering wheel with red contrast stitching and John Cooper Works logo, dark-coloured dials for the speedometer and rev counter, anthracite-coloured roof liner, gearshift lever with red shift pattern lettering, red contrast stitching for the gearshift lever and floor mats with red stitching are all part of the standard equipment, as are cloth sports seats in Diagonal Track John Cooper Works Carbon Black trim with red contrast stitching. Lounge Leather sports seats in Carbon Black Championship Red are available as an option. Standard Piano Black interior trim strips add the finishing touches.
The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman celebrates its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January 2013 following by its launch in March 2013. The new arrival swells the John Cooper Works ranks to seven models.