Detroit Auto Show – Mini John Cooper Paceman







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 14, 2013
Categories: MINI, MINI Paceman

EXTREME SPORTS PERFORMANCE, INIMITABLE STYLE:THE MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS PACEMAN.

  • U.S. base price: $36,200 (includes $700 D&H)
  • Elite performance model is based on MINI’s first crossover coupe
  • Driver and passengers in four individual seats enjoy racing feeling, and turbocharged engine develops 208  hp (U.S. specification)
  • Standard equipment includes ALL4 all-wheel drive, an aerodynamic kit, 18-inch light-alloy wheels and lowered sports suspension

MINI John Cooper

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 14, 2013… The MINI John  Cooper Works Paceman combines mouthwatering sporting flair and  inimitable style to introduce a new dimension in driving fun to the  premium compact segment. Its race-bred powertrain and chassis  technology create a recipe for smile-inducing agility, and the overall  concept of the first MINI crossover coupe gives it an immediate,  show-stealing impact.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman transfers the  power developed by its 208 hp four-cylinder turbocharged engine to the  road with poise and assurance, courtesy of its standard ALL4  all-wheel-drive system. Lowered sports suspension and an aerodynamic  kit also play their part in bringing an irresistible feeling of race  competition to the driver and passengers in their four individual seats.

MINI NAIAS

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman celebrates its world premiere at  the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in  January 2013. The base price in the U.S. is $36,200 (including 700  D&H), and its market launch is scheduled for March 2013. The new  arrival swells the John Cooper Works ranks to include all seven  models. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman’s driving characteristics  and design ensure it will stand out from the crowd in city traffic, as  well as being the car of choice when maximum driving fun over longer  distances is the order of the day. Instantaneous power delivery and an  unquenchable appetite for revs define the engine under the bonnet of  the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. The turbocharged power unit teams  up with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard; a six-speed automatic  can be ordered as an option.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman sprints from 0 60 mph) in just 6.5  seconds with either of the gearbox variants. Yet despite this  intoxicating turn of speed, fuel economy is exemplary for its output  class. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman posts average fuel  consumption in preliminary EPA estimates of 31 mpg highway / 25 mpg  city / 27 mpg combined for the manual transmission (30 mpg highway /  23 mpg city / 26 mpg combined for automatic transmission).

The distinctive character of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman is  underlined by bespoke design features. Standard specification includes  an aerodynamic kit, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, a sports exhaust  system with chrome tailpipes, and door sills bearing the John Cooper  Works logo. As well as white and black, the exclusive Chili Red paint  finish can also be specified as an option for the contrast-color roof  and exterior mirror caps. And customers can also lend an extra edge to  the typical John Cooper Works sports car feeling inside the car with  bespoke accents such as Chili Red interior trim strips.

The engine: dynamism in spades, fuel consumption in sips    thanks to racing expertise and MINIMALISM technology.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman draws its power from a 1,598 cc  four-cylinder engine. The latest generation of the John Cooper Works  turbocharged unit blends motor sport-inspired technical details with  cutting-edge innovations developed by the BMW Group’s powertrain  experts. Highlights include reinforced pistons, low-weight  crankshafts, an aluminum cylinder block and bearing mounts, and  further optimization of the cooling system, air supply and exhaust gas  discharge system. Plus, the turbocharger is twinned with a generously  sized intercooler. The twin-scroll turbocharger joins forces with  direct injection and variable valve control based on the BMW Group’s  VALVETRONIC technology, which optimizes both the engine’s efficiency  and its responsiveness.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman’s powerplant develops its maximum  output of 208 hp at 6,000 rpm. Peak torque of 207 lb-ft is on tap with  Overboost at 1,700 – 4,500 rpm (192 lb-ft of torque at 1,850 – 5,600  rpm). This opens the door to gratifyingly vivacious acceleration to  which the standard-fitted sports exhaust system provides a suitably  stirring soundtrack.

ALL4 all-wheel drive as standard, six-speed automatic gearbox optional.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman channels the extraordinary power  produced by its front-mounted transverse engine through all four  wheels as standard. The ALL4 all-wheel-drive system developed for MINI  uses an electromagnetic center differential to distribute drive  seamlessly between the front and rear axles. This means power is  always sent to the wheels where it can be translated most effectively  into forward propulsion. The vehicle operates as front-wheel-drive  until slip is detected, and then automatically transfers power to the  rear wheels. This provides a traction-led expression of the handling  talents for which MINI is famed – whatever the weather and road  conditions. The control electronics of the MINI ALL4 system are  integrated directly into the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control)  management unit, which gives ALL4 extremely short response times and  allows it to carry out proactive adjustments in the distribution of  drive. The system uses the data collected by DSC to tweak the power  split pre-emptively and is best demonstrated through dynamic corners;  and that means the driver enjoys outstanding agility combined with  surefooted driving characteristics in customary MINI style.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman can be ordered with a six-speed  automatic gearbox as an optional alternative to the standard-fitted  six-speed manual. Both of the transmissions and the manual’s clutch  have been adapted to handle the engine’s power and play their part in  ensuring outstanding performance coupled with further improvements in  efficiency. The automatic’s Steptronic function, meanwhile, gives the  driver the option of changing gear manually using the selector lever  on the center console or the shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The choice of gearbox has no effect on the sprinting power of the  MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. The new car dashes from rest to 60 mph  in just 6.5 seconds, regardless of whether the engine is sending its  power through the manual or automatic conduit. Top speed stands at 127  mph for US models. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman marries this  impressive performance with eye-catching economy. The engine’s  inherent efficiency proves to be a trump card here. Average fuel  consumption according to preliminary EPA estimates is 31 mpg highway /  25 mpg city / 27 mpg combined for the manual transmission (30 mpg  highway / 23 mpg city / 26 mpg combined for automatic transmission).

Developed to deliver visceral racing thrills: chassis, aerodynamics, design and interior tuned to John Cooper Works specification.

Another key player in giving the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman its  sky-high levels of driving fun is chassis technology optimized  specially for the new model; a MacPherson spring-strut front axle,  central-arm rear axle, Electric Power Steering and an extremely  high-performance braking system make a potent team. The standard  sports suspension has a dynamically optimized spring/damper set-up and  stronger anti-roll bars, and is lowered by 10 millimeters. The  standard DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system also comprises DTC  (Dynamic Traction Control) mode.

And the likewise standard Sport Button on the center console allows  the driver to tweak the engine’s responses and soundtrack, as well as  the power assistance provided by the steering. If the automatic  gearbox is specified, pressing the Sport Button also quickens up shift  times. 18-inch light-alloy wheels in Twin Spoke Black Burnished design  with polished spoke fronts and black rim wells are standard on the  MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. Among the items on the options list  are exclusive 19-inch light-alloy wheels in Cross-Spoke Crusher design.

The extrovert design of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman gives it a  dynamic presence, brimming with forward-surging intent and agility –  before it even turns a wheel. The powerfully formed front end,  elegantly sporty, stretched lines of the flanks, coupe-style roof  swooping downwards towards the rear, and broad rear end of the  three-door car all ooze sporting allure. The aerodynamic kit fitted as  standard on the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman shines extra light on  this performance-maxing character. The particularly muscular form of  the front and rear aprons and bespoke side skirts ensure the airflow  around the car is even more efficient. John Cooper Works logos on the  radiator grille, tailgate and door sill strips, as well as next to the  side indicators provide additional confirmation of the car’s identity.  Customers can choose from nine exterior paint finishes, including the  Chili Red shade reserved for the John Cooper Works model. Chili Red is  also available exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman’s  contrast-color roof, exterior mirror caps and sport stripes.

Inside the car, the distinctive interior design combined with the  customary sports car ambience of John Cooper Works models creates a  particularly alluring effect. The rear compartment of the MINI John  Cooper Works Paceman features a pair of individual seats in which the  rear passengers can enjoy that unmistakable racing feeling in  lounge-style surroundings. A sports steering wheel with red contrast  stitching and John Cooper Works logo, dark-colored dials for the 160  mph speedometer and rev counter, anthracite-colored roof liner,  gearshift lever with red shift pattern lettering, red contrast  stitching for the gearshift lever gaiter and floor mats with red  stitching are all part of the standard equipment count for the new  extreme sports model, as are cloth sports seats in Diagonal Track John  Cooper Works Carbon Black trim with red contrast stitching. Lounge  Leather sports seats in Carbon Black Championship Red are available as  an option. Standard Piano Black interior trim strips add the finishing  touches to the racing-inspired aura inside the MINI John Cooper Works  Paceman. Exclusive Chili Red trim – consisting of red elements for the  cockpit and doors and a red stripe for the black trim strips on the  centre console – can be ordered as an option.

MINI in the US

MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United States,  MINI USA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America, LLC,  located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and includes the marketing and  sales organizations for the MINI brand.  The MINI USA sales  organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of 115 MINI  passenger car dealers in 38 states. MINI USA began selling vehicles in  the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI  Cooper S Hardtops.  Since then, the MINI Brand in the U.S. has grown  to encompass a model range of six unique vehicles.