Mini, much like Porsche, has been keen to continue its iconic bodylines in each of its models with little change. Unlike Porsche, however, Mini seems to have been forced to get questionably clever with some of its newest models due to its arguably limiting design. Take the Paceman, for instance. Based upon the massive four-wheel drive, four-door Countryman, the Paceman is a bulky Mini coupe available in both front and all-wheel drive. Having just debuted the Paceman at this year’s LA Auto Show, Mini wasn’t ready to release its high-octane version: the Paceman John Cooper Works.
To our delight, however, the Paceman JCW was leaked well in advance of its official unveiling. Looking every bit the part of a JCW Mini, the Paceman has been given extended side skirting, larger tailpipes, and a John Cooper Works badge.
The big differences of the JCW version lie under the hood. Final power numbers are not yet known but Autocar is reporting that the JCW Paceman features the same turbocharged 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine that is found in the Countryman Cooper S. Power, however, is supposedly up 34 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque for a total of 249 horsepower and 237 pound-feet. The powerful four-cylinder will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The Countryman Cooper S will make a 0-62 run in 7 seconds and onto a top speed of 140. We can only presume, however, that the Paceman JCW will be a bit quicker given its diminished stature.
What makes the Paceman stand out from the rest of the Mini lineup is its new color LCD screen in the center of the dash, where previous Minis featured an analogue speedometer. The standard Paceman is a hip and youthful progression of the ever-growing brand. The John Cooper Works version adds some additional testosterone into the Mini Paceman mix.