• February 28, 2013

Latest addition to the MINI herd – the Paceman

One can expect at least one new MINI by BMW to grace its every show. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman, a 2-door crossover is the latest addition to its MINI herd. Debuting at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Paceman, gets its own John Cooper Works version.

You can clearly see the dynamically stretched lines and extra muscle on the compact Sports Activity Coupé. The company has introduced four new MINI models in the past 2 years and seems to be still going strong at it. Higher-performance John Cooper now doubles the number of vehicles in the lineup.

When you think about John Cooper Works, you can visualize the inimitable style with sporting flair and new dimensions for more driving fun. The model blends the concept of the first Sports Activity with a new chassis technology and powertrain. The crossover coupe with modifications is a higher-performance version.

Although you will find same recipe for speed as found in other John Cooper Works, but with a lowered suspension, a more powerful engine along with those aerodynamic add-ons., enables the Paceman to reach zero-to-60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. It gets power from 208-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. What you get as standard is the six-speed manual gearbox and an optional 6-speed automatic transmission.

All-wheel drive is standard and the suspension get 10 mm lower. Enjoy a firmer ride because of the revised spring and damper rates. The interior gets fancier seats and fancier seats. Other features include MINI Boost CD radio, Adaptive Headlights, Park Distance Control, rain sensor, electrically operated glass roof and Comfort Access. There are more choices for upholstery variants, bonnet stripes and exterior paint finishes.

The JCW Paceman is expected to start at $36,200. The world definitely needs more cars with flair and John Cooper Works Paceman seems to be stretching it. Some of you may not find the whole concept of a crossover coupe really appealing. A couple of the downsides are stiff suspension and short wheelbase that make for a rough ride. But it s thumbs up for MINI for rolling out so many variants.

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