While the Mini Paceman just made its U.S. introduction at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month, we’ve known it was coming for a while. Thankfully, Mini let us have our look at the new compact crossover coupe before unveiling the even hotter version: the 2013 Mini Paceman John Cooper Works.
John Cooper Works has become synonymous with high-performance Minis. As is the case with all other Mini vehicles, the automaker has taken the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine from the Mini Cooper S and bumped it from 181 to 208 horsepower. It’s paired to either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission that routes power exclusively to all four wheels. That should make it nice little vehicle for snow carving.
Those wheels, by the way, are 18-inchers exclusive to the John Cooper Works Paceman, with the JCW sitting lower to the ground on its sport-tuned suspension. It also comes with a special exhaust system, body kit, and door sills with the John Cooper Works name on them. As with other Mini models, the roof is available in contrasting white or black. Exclusive to JCW models is Chili Red with matching mirror caps.
With the added power and a relatively svelte weight, the 2013 Mini Paceman JCW will be able to hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and storm to a top speed of 127 mph. Impressive numbers for a small crossover. But more impressive will be its fuel economy: 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway for the manual version and 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with the Paceman equipped with the automatic.
Mini says the Paceman JCW will make its official debut at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Pricing has not yet been announced, but we expect it to come in at a little more than the Mini Countryman JCW’s $35,550 when it goes on sale in March 2013.