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2014 Mini Paceman Gets John Cooper Works Treatment

12/18/2012
Mini is calling its new 2014 Paceman John Cooper Works a "Sports Activity Coupe," which is exactly what Mini's parent company, BMW, calls its X6 model. In layman's terms, the new 2014 Mini Paceman is a compact, 3-door, 4-passenger hatchback built on a crossover SUV platform, and the John Cooper Works Paceman is the performance-tuned version of the car.

To turn the 2014 Paceman into a vehicle with what Mini calls "mouthwatering sporting flair" and an "unquenchable appetite for revs," the company's engineers install a modified version of the turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder from the Cooper S Paceman model. In John Cooper Works tune, the engine generates 218 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 207 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,900 rpm and 5,000 rpm. An Overboost function increases torque to 221 lb.-ft. between 2,100 rpm and 4,500 rpm, but only for short periods of time.

A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, and Mini offers a 6-speed automatic transmission as an option. Power flows to all four wheels through a standard ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. Under normal conditions, up to 50% of the power goes to the rear wheels. However, the ALL4 system is designed to transfer 100% of engine power to the rear wheels if necessary.

Mini characterizes the John Cooper Works Paceman's acceleration to 60 mph as "gratifyingly vivacious" at about 6.8 seconds. Top speed with the manual gearbox is 140 mph. A standard Sport button enlivens throttle response, quickens shifts, adds effort to the electric steering, and modifies the exhaust note, according to Mini.

The new 2014 Paceman John Cooper Works is also equipped with an automatic stop/start system to maximize fuel economy, and a Brake Energy Regeneration system to power accessories when the engine is shut off while idling in traffic or at intersections.

Additional performance-oriented upgrades include a lowered sport-tuned suspension, sport exhaust system with chrome outlets, and a high-performance braking system. A set of 18-inch lightweight aluminum wheels is standard, with 19-inch wheels available as an option.

The John Cooper Works Paceman is offered in a variety of colors, with White, Black or Chili Red roof and mirror cap paint. Sport stripes for the hood are optional. The interior includes a sport steering wheel with red contrast stitching, gearshift knob with red contrast stitching, and floor mats with red accents. The standard Piano Black cabin trim can be replaced with Chili Red trim. Additional differentiators include darkened gauge faces and an Anthracite headliner.

The 2014 John Cooper Works Paceman debuts at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, and then rolls into showrooms in March of 2013.

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