MINI presents the John Cooper Works (JCW) Paceman

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 13, 2012

If you are not satisfied by the new MINI Paceman, you should take a look as this version, as you will change your opinion about this new vehicle: ladies and gentlemen, this is the MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) Paceman.

As expected, the car uses the same engine found on the MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) Countryman and we are talking about a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine delivering 218 hp and 280 Nm of torque (207 lb-ft) between 1,900 and 5,000 rpm (this can be increased to 300 Nm of toque (221 lb-ft) for short periods between 2,100 and 4,500 rpm using the overboost function).

With these numbers the Paceman JCW sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 226 km/h or 140 mph for the manual version and 224 km/h (239 mph) for the automatic version.

Still, average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 7.4 litres (automatic: 7.9 litres) per 100 km / 38.2 (35.8) mpg imp. The engine is bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while a six-speed automatic can be ordered as an option.

Regarding the looks of the new car, we find the well-know JCW body kit consisting of a new front bumper, new side sills, rear bumper with integrated exhaust system and a rear roof spoiler. The design is completed by the 18-inch light-alloy wheels.

Exterior Design

The release of the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works marks the re-emergence of the compact coupe concept. This particular MINI Paceman adds an additional layer to its design and this can be seen through the coupe-style roof that plunges down to its side windows from the windscreen.

The roof then narrows to the side and rear of the car. The way the front end and broad-set rear is structured offers a clue of how the MINI Paceman holds its own on the road. This variant of the MINI Paceman has an aerodynamic form with all the parts, the front, rear and sides, allowing the air to flow around the vehicle to be more efficient.

MINI Paceman’s aerodynamic efficiency is part of the standard features of this exclusive model. The model has an exhaust system that aids in the efficiency especially with the stainless and polished stainless steel tailpipe. The MINI Paceman John Cooper Works uses light-alloy 18-inch wheels designed in Twin Spoke Black Burnished.

The wheels have black rim wells and polished spoke fronts. For this particular model however, there is the option to put in other features like using 19-inch wheels instead of the 18-inch types. In addition, the tires are designed with the Cross-Spoke Crusher.

Furthermore, the logo of John Cooper Works can also be found on different parts of the car like the tailgate and radiator grille, to name a few, which serves to authenticate that it is indeed designed by John Cooper Works.

There are also different paint shades that customers can choose for the exterior. The MINI Paceman allows customers to choose from nine different shades but with the John Cooper Works variant, there is an additional shade which is the Chili Red. Customers further have the option to use Black or White, in addition to Chili Red, as the finish for the roof.

Interior Design

The interior of the car also has features unique to the John Cooper Works variants. John Cooper Works combines this with the ambience of a sports car to give it a charming look. The rear individual seats not only give extraordinary headroom but they also provide excellent lateral support to ensure comfort for the passengers.

The rear side panels have armrests that heighten the already beautiful lounge-style of the rear. All these additional features are then incorporated with a circular element on the rear that can match not just the material of the seats but its colors too.

The seat layout has two mouldings that can be extended from the back of the head restraints. The backseats of the rear seat can be folded to increase the boot capacity from a mere 330 liters to as large as 1,080 liters.

On the driver side, the steering wheel has a red contrast stitching with the logo of John Cooper Works of course. The dark-colored dial shows a speedometer with a maximum speed of 260 km/h or 162 mph plus a rev counter.

While the roof is colored in anthracite, majority of the interior have red contrast stitching. These include the floor mats and the gearshift lever gaiter. Even the Diagonal Track John Cooper Works Carbon Black trim sports seats also have the red contrast stitching.

Customers however can opt to have instead the Carbon Black Championship Red Lounge Leather seats. The MINI Paceman John Cooper Works is finished with Standard Piano Black interior trim strips to give it an atmosphere apt to racing.

Similar to the exterior, customers can also choose to have the Chili Red trim option for the interior. Under this option, both the doors and cockpits are in red while the center console has a red stripe instead of the black one.

Press Release

MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) Paceman

Its driving characteristics and design set the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works apart from the crowd in the premium compact segment. The seventh member of the John Cooper Works line-up takes to the stage as the stand-out sporting tool in a brand new category of car. The unmistakable style of the first Sports Activity Coupé in its class and numerous signature John Cooper Works features - among them the standard-fitted aerodynamic kit, lowered sports suspension and 18-inch light-alloy wheels - lend the 4,124- millimetre-long, 1,786-millimetre-wide and 1,527-millimetre-tall three-door car an imposing presence before it has so much as turned a wheel. Key to providing the inspirational performance to back up its looks is the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works's race-bred powertrain and chassis technology. And the standard ALL4 all-wheel-drive system, which optimises not only traction and driving stability on rough terrain but also agility through dynamically taken corners, plays its part in the car's extreme driving fun as well.

The result is a race-car feeling, served up in style to the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works's driver and three passengers. The individual seats of the rear compartment lend it a lounge-like ambience to go with the cockpit's typically John Cooper Works sports car surroundings. Sports seats for the driver and front passenger and a bespoke spread of colours and materials are central to the distinctive character of the interior, as is the extensive selection of standard equipment.

Muscular proportions, dynamic lines and an aerodynamic kit mould the unmistakable figure of an elite sportsman

The new model sees the compact Sports Activity Coupé concept re-emerge in an extra layer of muscular proportions and dynamically stretched lines. Long doors, the coupé-style roof swooping downwards from the windscreen and side windows tapering towards the rear shape the side view of the car. The upright front end exudes power and presence, while the broad-set rear - with its large tailgate - offers a hint of the car's surefooted roadholding. The performance-maxing character of the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works is further emphasised by an aerodynamic kit. The particularly muscular front and rear aprons and bespoke side skirts ensure the airflow around the car is even more efficient. The aerodynamic kit is part of standard specification for the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works, as is the sports exhaust system with polished stainless steel tailpipe embellishers and the 18-inch light-alloy wheels in Twin Spoke Black Burnished design with polished spoke fronts and black rim wells. Among the items on the options list are exclusive 19-inch light-alloy wheels in Cross-Spoke Crusher design. John Cooper Works logos on the radiator grille, tailgate, door sill strips and side indicator surrounds provide additional confirmation of the car's identity.

Customers can choose from nine exterior paint shades, including the Chili Red variant reserved for John Cooper Works models. White, Black and Chili Red can be ordered optionally as a contrast paint finish for the roof and exterior mirror caps, as well as for the Sport Stripes.

Irresistible combination: sports car ambience in the cockpit, lounge setting in the rear

Inside the car, the distinctive interior design combines with the customary sports car ambience of John Cooper Works models to particularly alluring effect. The two individual rear seats offer impressive shoulder and headroom, outstanding lateral support and unusually high levels of comfort. The armrests in the rear side panels further enhance the lounge-style character of the rear compartment. These are integrated into a circular rear trim element, which matches the colour and material of the seats. The individual seat layout is highlighted by two mouldings in the load compartment cover which extend out from immediately behind the head restraints into the rear. The rear seat backrests can be folded down separately, allowing the boot capacity of the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works to grow from 330 to as much as 1,080 litres.

A sports steering wheel with red contrast stitching and John Cooper Works logo, dark-coloured dials for the 260 km/h (162 mph) speedometer and the rev counter, an anthracite-coloured roof liner, a 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 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 Paceman John Cooper Works. Exclusive Chili Red trim - consisting of red elements for the cockpit and doors and a red stripe for the otherwise black trim strips on the centre console - can be ordered as an option.

The MINI Paceman John Cooper Works will be built alongside all the other variants of the brand's first Sports Activity Coupé and the MINI Countryman at the BMW Group's partner firm Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik in Graz, Austria. Production will take place on a separate assembly line set up and operated according to the exacting standards of the BMW Group. As with all the brand's models, the high-performance powerplant for this sharpest of all MINI Paceman models will be sourced from the Hams Hall engine plant, one corner of the MINI production triangle in England.

Racing expertise fuels peak performance - Engine and gearbox

Instantaneous power delivery and an unquenchable appetite for revs define the 1,598 cc four-cylinder engine powering the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works. The latest generation of the turbocharged John Cooper Works engine brings together technical details honed in race competition and cuttingedge innovations developed by the BMW Group's powertrain experts. Highlights include reinforced pistons, a weight-optimised crankshaft, an aluminium cylinder block and bearing mount, and further optimisation of the air supply and exhaust gas discharge system. Plus, the turbocharger is twinned with a generously sized intercooler. The four valves of each cylinder are operated by two overhead camshafts, low-friction rocker arms and hydraulic valve clearance compensation elements. The exhaust valves are sodium-filled to help provide the extra cooling required by a turbocharged engine.

The twin-scroll turbocharger joins forces with petrol direct injection and variable valve control based on the BMW Group's VALVETRONIC technology. This throttle-free load control system significantly improves both the engine's responsiveness and its efficiency.

Outstanding power and even greater torque thanks to the overboost function; six-speed automatic gearbox available as an option

The MINI Paceman John Cooper Works's powerplant develops its maximum output of 160 kW/218 hp at 6,000 rpm. Peak torque of 280 Newton metres (207 lb-ft) is on tap between 1,900 and 5,000 rpm, and can be increased to 300 Newton metres (221 lb-ft) for short periods between 2,100 and 4,500 rpm using the overboost function. This opens the door to gratifyingly vivacious acceleration to which the standard-fitted sports exhaust system provides a suitably striking soundtrack.

The front-mounted transverse engine of the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works teams up as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed automatic is available as an option. Both variants have been revised and retuned to take into account the extra torque developed by the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works's engine, enabling outstanding performance combined with even greater efficiency. The automatic comes with the Steptronic function, which allows the driver to change gear manually using either the selector lever on the centre console or the shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The likewise standard Sport Button on the centre console can be used 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.

Smile-inducing acceleration, impressive efficiency

The choice of gearbox has no effect on the sprinting power of the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works. The new car dashes from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a trifling 6.9 seconds, regardless of whether the engine is sending its power through its manual or automatic conduit. Top speed stands at 226 km/h (140 mph) for the manual version or 224 km/h (139 mph) for the automatic.

The MINI Paceman John Cooper Works marries this impressive performance with eye-catching economy. The engine's inherent efficiency and extensive MINIMALISM technology - such as Brake Energy Regeneration, the Shift Point Display and the Auto Start/Stop function (on manual cars) - are the trump cards here. Among the other components helping to give the Paceman John Cooper Works its efficiency edge are Electric Power Steering, whose electric motor only uses energy when power assistance is actually required, a mapcontrolled oil pump, an on-demand coolant pump, lightweight construction elements and optimised aerodynamic properties. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 7.4 litres (automatic: 7.9 litres) per 100 kilometres / 38.2 (35.8) mpg imp, and CO2 emissions come in at 172 (184) grams per kilometre.

Surging forward with irresistible force - Power transfer and chassis

The MINI Paceman John Cooper Works converts the power of its turbocharged engine into extreme driving fun with compelling responsiveness and unshakable poise and assurance. Pulling the strings behind the scenes are advanced chassis technology - optimised specially for the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works - and the standard-fitted ALL4 all-wheel-drive system; the engine, power transfer and chassis of the new car come together to make a finely-tuned team. The vast well of expertise built up by John Cooper Works over its many years in motor sport underpins the car's captivating, but always controllable, handling.

The bespoke John Cooper Works chassis ensures optimum roadholding and unbeatable agility with every change of direction. And ALL4 allows the inimitable sense of driving fun through enthusiastically taken corners to be enjoyed in even greater depth - off road as well as on.

ALL4 all-wheel-drive system maximises assurance and sporting ability

The ALL4 all-wheel-drive system teams up with the thrillingly potent engine under the bonnet of the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works to deliver a razorsharp interpretation of the brand's trademark go-kart feeling. The ALL4 allwheel- drive system developed for MINI uses an electromagnetic centre 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 system therefore not only provides a noticeable increase in traction and driving stability on loose ground and in adverse weather conditions, it also enhances agility in quickly taken corners.

In normal driving situations ALL4 diverts a maximum 50 per cent of the engine's power to the rear wheels, rising all the way to 100 per cent in extreme conditions. This provides - at all times - a traction-led expression of the handling talents for which MINI is famed. 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 to impressive effect through dynamically taken corners, for example. And that means the driver enjoys outstanding agility combined with surefooted driving characteristics in customary MINI style.

Lowered sports suspension as standard

Another key player in giving the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works its skyhigh levels of driving fun is chassis technology optimised specially for the new model. A single-joint MacPherson spring-strut front axle and forged cross members, a central-arm rear axle, Electric Power Steering with speed-sensitive power assistance and an extremely high-performance braking system with red callipers make for a potent combination. The front brake discs are 307 millimetres in diameter and 24 millimetres thick, the rears 296 x 10 millimetres. The standard sports suspension includes particularly firmly tuned springs and dampers, strengthened anti-roll bars and a 10-millimetre drop in ride height.

18-inch light-alloy wheels in Twin Spoke Black Burnished design with polished spoke fronts and black rim wells are also part of standard specification, while tyres come in 225/45 R18 format. The options list includes 19-inch light-alloy wheels in Cross-Spoke Crusher design - again created exclusively for the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works.

The standard DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system also comprises DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode, which allows a degree of wheel spin to help the driver pull away on loose sand or snow, for example. In DSC Off mode, an electronic locking function for the front axle differential comes into play. In tight corners it brakes a spinning wheel as required to improve handling. Known as Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), this system enhances the car's traction without adversely affecting its steering properties.

The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman's assured road manners are complemented by a comprehensive array of safety equipment. The car's highstrength body structure teams up with standard safety features - including front and side airbags, side curtain airbags for the front and rear seats, threepoint inertia-reel seat belts for all occupants, belt tensioners and belt force limiters for the front seats, and ISOFIX child seat attachments in the rear - to provide outstanding occupant protection all-round.

Individualist hits the ideal lines - Equipment and accessories

The MINI Paceman John Cooper Works identifies itself as an extreme sportsman and individualist without the need for a second glance. And neither does it require more than a single corner to demonstrate its stand-out character with stunning clarity. Playing a key role here alongside the extraordinarily powerful engine and model-specific chassis technology is the standard fitment of the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system, an aerodynamic kit, 18- inch light-alloy wheels, a sports exhaust, a Sport Button and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) including DTC (Dynamic Traction Control). John Cooper Works logos on the front end, rear and flanks complete the exterior picture, while the bespoke design of the interior delivers a focused sports car ambience. The premium profile of the MINI Paceman John Cooper Works is further emphasised by the standard inclusion of front foglamps, air conditioning, a run-flat indicator, electric windows, remote control central locking, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, the Centre Rail storage and attachment system, and the MINI Boost CD radio. Customers can also order their cars with all the comfort, functionality and individuality-enhancing options available for the other MINI Paceman models, a full complement of MINI Connected features and John Cooper Works accessories.

Race feeling fed to four individual seats

The MINI Paceman John Cooper Works ensures that the inimitable feeling of race action can be a pleasure enjoyed by four. Both the sports seats for the driver and front passenger and the two individual rear seats are trimmed in Diagonal Track John Cooper Works Carbon Black cloth with red contrast stitching, although Lounge Leather sports seats in Carbon Black Championship Red are available as an option. The door sill strips come with special John Cooper Works lettering, while the interior trim strips of the cockpit, doors and centre console are in Piano Black as standard. Optional Chili Red trim - available exclusively for the John Cooper Works model - consists of red elements for the cockpit and doors and a red stripe for the otherwise black trim strips on the centre console. A sports steering wheel with red contrast stitching and John Cooper Works logo, dark-coloured dials for the 260 km/h (162 mph) speedometer and the rev counter, an anthracite-coloured roof liner, a 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.

Comfort, functionality and individuality on demand; exclusive and innovative functions from MINI Connected

The John Cooper Works model can also be ordered with virtually all the options offered for its MINI Paceman siblings. Highlights include xenon headlights, Adaptive Headlights and black headlight housing, Comfort Access, automatic climate control, heated seats, Park Distance Control with rearmounted sensors, multifunction buttons for the steering wheel (including cruise control), an electrically operated tilting/sliding glass sunroof, a rain sensor with automatic headlamp activation, and automatically dimming rearview mirror and exterior mirrors. Among the features available to further enhance the car's functionality are a storage package, a level load compartment floor with removable cover and a luggage compartment partition net. Plus, the ambient lighting system (part of the optional light package) enhances the unique ambience inside the car.

As alternatives to the standard MINI Boost CD radio, options such as the harman/kardon hi-fi loudspeaker system, MINI Visual Boost radio and MINI navigation system are on hand to take care of entertainment and navigation requirements. The MINI Visual Boost radio and MINI navigation system link up with a 6.5-inch, high-resolution colour display in the Centre Speedo and Bluetooth hands-free functionality, complete with a USB audio interface. The maps for the MINI navigation system are stored on the car's built-in flash memory device. Also on the options list are a voice control system, a handsfree system/mobile phone preparation and a DAB tuner for receiving digital radio programmes.

The MINI Connected option also gives Paceman John Cooper Works owners access to a wide range of infotainment, communications and driving experience-related services, and allows full Apple iPhone integration. In addition, regularly updated MINI Connected apps provide an unmatched and constantly changing variety of functions, such as web radio, use of Facebook, Twitter and foursquare, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement, Mission Control and the MINIMALISM Analyser.

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