MINI John Cooper Works Paceman - Hot Hatch Sports Activity Coupe... Or Something

BMW's reinterpretation of the MINI has always divided opinion, but over a decade down the line from the first model and half a dozen extra variants later, people are starting to cry "enough already!"

Are their cries justified? That depends on how much you value the 'MINI' name, but it's hardly stopped the brand's popularity - the roads are awash with Countrymans, Coupes, Clubmans and, yes, even the regular hatchback.

You can think of the Paceman as a Countryman Coupe, and now it's a hot hatchback too, with the introduction of the John Cooper Works Paceman.

A 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine provides the punch, with 218 horsepower and maximum torque of 221 pounds-feet with an overboost function. The 0-62 mph sprint takes 6.9 seconds, and with a long enough road you'll reach 140 mph.

There's a manual gearbox to stir as standard, and an optional auto. All that power and torque shouldn't trouble the tyres, as it's split through MINI's ALL4 all-wheel drive system. This diverts power between front and rear as necessary, making the MINI as surefooted on the rough as it is on the smooth.

MINI JCW Paceman rear

Not that you'll be able to get too rough, as the JCW Paceman is 10mm lower than standard, on firmer springs and dampers and 18-inch alloy wheels. Cornering is enhanced by thicker anti-roll bars, while a Sport Button lets you firm up the steering and quicken throttle response.

Despite the power and the tall silhouette, combined fuel consumption is a reasonable 38.2 mpg, or 35.8 mpg with the six-speed auto.

MINI has reworked the visuals inside and out to suit the sporty name, with an aggressive body kit. Nine colours are available, including the JCW-only Chili Red. As with any other sporting MINI, roof and door mirror caps are available in contrasting shades, along with racing stripes.

Sports seats and steering wheel define the interior, with an anthracite-coloured roof liner, piano black trim, and dark speedo and tachometer dials. Leather and red dashboard inserts are optional.

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MINI JCW Paceman interior


Love them or hate them, niche MINIs are here to stay. The John Cooper Works Paceman should at least be a laugh to drive, and despite its unusual looks it's still more eye-catching than the Countryman. We'll bring you UK pricing and availability details as and when they land.
We've written a full MINI Paceman buying guide, with reviews, photos, videos and stats. Plus a detailed review of the Paceman JCW.
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