Barely two months after the original Paceman was introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the newest and hottest member of the family, the 2013 Mini John Cooper Works Paceman, makes its debut in Detroit. Like other members of the JCW brotherhood, this maxi Mini will arrive at dealers in March with a full complement of functional and cosmetic bits that also are found on its high-velocity kin.
Visual changes to the exterior of the JCW-spec Paceman start with an aero-optimized body kit that brings more aggressive front/rear fascia treatments and side sills set off with unique 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/45 high-performance rubber, chrome finishers on the tips of the car's dual exhaust outlets and a bevy of Works badges. Plenty of JCW-style been-there/seen-that inside as well, where a leather-covered sport steering wheel, Anthracite headliner, sport buckets and individual rear seats clad in Diagonal Track JCW Carbon Black cloth with red contrast stitching and Piano Black trim are in the basic formula with black leather and the signature Chili Red accent elements as options.
Beneath its hood, this new ultra Paceman packs the potent JCW version of the Mini's 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 208 horsepower and 197 lb-ft of peak torque - a valuable commodity that can be upped to 207 lb-ft of torque for short period using the Overboost button. It's backed by a standard 6-speed manual transmission or optional paddle-shiftable 6-speed automatic that sends power to each corner via the Mini ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. Regardless of transmission, this fast-forward Paceman will race from 0-60 mph in just 6.5 seconds while delivering fairly respectable 25 city/31 highway mpg with the base cog changer and 23/30 mpg EPA stats with the autoshifter.
To best control that motive force, the new Mini JCW Paceman benefits from a full sport suspension with a stiffer spring/shock set-up, larger anti-roll bars and a 10 millimeter lower ride height. The standard DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system also features a DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode and engaging the car's button-activated "Sport" mode remaps the power steering feel and intensifies throttle response.
Expect pricing for the 2013 Mini John Cooper Works Paceman to be announced closer to its on-sale date.
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