MINI John Cooper Works Paceman revealed

December 13, 2012

MINI has pulled the wraps off the pungent little MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. The two-door SUV, which MINI calls a ‘Sports Activity Coupe’, comes with all the performance you’d expect from JCW.

At the heart of the JCW Paceman sits MINI’s most powerful production engine. It’s a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 160kW of power and 280Nm of torque (300Nm during overboost). The grunt goes through an ALL4 all-wheel drive system, helping it achieve 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds.

Despite the performance, the angry SUV has an average fuel consumption rating of 8.0L/100km for the six-speed manual, and 8.4L/100km for the auto.

Like other JCW models in the MINI showroom, the Paceman version comes with a number of special sporty features, such as a full bodykit with front and rear spoilers, black-detailed 18-inch alloy wheels, lowered sports suspension (10mm), uprated brakes, and a pair of contrasting racing stripes over the entire body.

Inside is similarly dressed, with sports bucket seats, aluminium pedals, and a number of red highlights matching the exterior. There’s also a 260km/h speedo, piano black trimmings, and red stitching on most of the leather-covered areas.

The new model is expected to go on sale during the second-half of 2013. Pricing and official confirmation is yet to be announced.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.