MINI has donated one of its vehicle models to the Life Ball charity event for the 13th straight year. For this year, the carmaker donated a MINI Paceman styled by internationally renowned designer Roberto Cavalli. The world-renowned Italian fashion designer and his wife unveiled the Cavalli-styled MINI Paceman a few hours before the AIDS charity event on May 25, 2013 at the official Life Ball Press Conference.
The Life Ball MINI 2013 was placed on the hammer as part of the AIDS Solidarity Gala in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace. Proceeds of the auction will go to projects committed to fighting AIDS.
The Life Ball MINI 2013 indeed carries Cavalli’s unique designing style. Cavalli enhanced the exterior of the MINI Paceman with an exclusive color – which goes between black and brown depending on lighting -- that could only be found in his own fleet of vehicles.
This flashy paintwork highlights the clear lines of the MINI Paceman, turning the youngest and seventh member of the MINI family into a very special one-off.
The car’s roof bears the expressive Cavalli logo while its wide coupé door carries the Italian designer’s signature, leaving no doubt who styled this flamboyant vehicle.
Cavalli logo is also found inside the MINI Paceman’s cabin, in which the stylish motif is accentuated on the headrests and sun visors. The MINI Paceman’s interior is covered in black while featuring gilded elements like the decorative stitching on the leather seats and the MINI Center Speedo surround.
The extravagant look of the car’s interior is further enhanced by the hallmark Cavalli animal prints on the leather-lined steering wheel and parts of the instruments.
British carmaker designed the new Mini Paceman as a four-seater, with the driver and the front passenger provided with standard sports seats. Passengers in the rear cabin, meanwhile, are treated to a pair of individual seats, both offering not just ample shoulder room and headroom but also superior lateral support and interior comfort.
Mini integrated the side window controls into the 3D door trim. Customers will find it easier to access the cargo room thanks to the Paceman’s high-opening tailgate and low boot. The new Mini Paceman could accommodate up to 330 liters of cargo, which could be increased to 1,080 liters once the rear seats are folded down.
Interested clients could pick from two petrol and two diesel engines. The Mini Cooper Paceman and Mini Cooper S Paceman are powered by petrol mills with outputs of 90 kW (122 hp) and 135 kW (184 hp), respectively. On the other hand, the Mini D Cooper Paceman and Mini Cooper SD Paceman are propelled by diesel engines with outputs of 82 kW (112 hp) and 105 kW (143 hp), respectively. Mini is planning to offer a John Cooper Works Paceman version in the future. Customers could have their Mini Paceman units be fitted with optional ALL4 all-wheel-drive system.
Meanwhile, the new Mini Paceman is underpinned by an innovative chassis that allows it to be as agile as a go-kart. This chassis includes a MacPherson spring strut and forged cross members on the front as well as a multi-link suspension on the rear. As standard, the new Mini Paceman is fitted with lowered sports suspension and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control). Also further enhancing the go-kart experience provided by the new Mini Paceman is its Electric Power Steering with standard Servotronic function.