What Is It?
2013 Mini John Cooper Works Paceman
What's Special About It?
It's hard to get your mind around a Mini that costs $36,200 with destination, but the 2013 Mini John Cooper Works Paceman might have the best stance we've ever seen on any modern Mini. And that includes the original hardtop version.
Mini didn't trot out a theater group of any kind to unveil the JCW Paceman at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and it didn't matter. The automaker's event planners made the most of the compact booth space. One John Cooper Paceman was wall-mounted on a steeply inclined road going up into the rafters, and the other motored onto the stage during the press conference. It's a simple setup, but the cars are neatly arranged and well lit. If you're going to attend the Detroit show in person, don't miss the Mini booth.
Like the JCW Countryman, the 2013 Mini John Cooper Works Paceman is all-wheel drive only, using either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. It should be quicker than the Works Countryman, though, as Mini quotes a 6.5-second 0-60-mph time with either transmission.
The engine should be familiar by now. It's the hot version of Mini's turbocharged and direct-injected 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder making 208 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque (with up to 207 lb-ft available during a short-lived overboost).
The hot-rod Paceman goes on sale in March.
What Edmunds Says:
The Mini family grows again, and frankly, there's always room for a crossover creation with a stance like the John Cooper Works Paceman's.
Base Price: $36,200 (exactly $7,000 more than the Cooper S ALL4 Paceman)
Engine: Turbocharged and direct-injected, 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder
Gearbox: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Power: 208 hp at 6,000 rpm, 192 lb-ft at 1,850 rpm (207 lb-ft on the overboost)
0-60 (manufacturer estimate): 6.5 seconds
Top Speed (manufacturer estimate): 127 mph
Fuel Mileage: 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg (manual), 23 city/30 highway/26 combined mpg (automatic)
On-Sale Date: March 2013