Seeing the first photos of the all new Paceman JCW found the GCF Editors’ team having the same point of view: None of us could understand this car’s purpose or to whom it would be useful. But we all want one. We don’t know why, but we absolutely love this car.
Objectively, the MINI Paceman is a regular MINI hatch with 5 doors, thus more practical, with an increased ground clearance, thus making it an SUV (called Countryman), but then it’s stripped of its rear doors, making the Paceman essentially a 3dr SAV, with a limited ground clearance, as a result of the JCW sport suspension. It doesn’t really make a point, does it? But we are still in love with it. The purpose of its existence aside, as a design, the Paceman JCW is almost flawless. A dynamic front designed with the latest pedestrian protection crash directives that still manages to look like they don’t exist, is combined with a low roof that drops towards the rear, giving a hint of a coupe body style, with the sporty notion of a coupe body style, the practicality of a SAV and the performance that comes with John Cooper Works. Perfect!
The John Cooper Works version of the regular Paceman comes with a 160 kW/218 hp at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 280 Newton metres between 1,900 and 5,000 rpm, from a turbocharged 1,598 cc four-cylinder engine. The over-boost function is responsible for the increase of torque to 300Nm for short periods between 2,100 and 4,500 rpm. The standard ALL4 all-wheel-drive system transfers power from the front-mounted transverse engine to all four wheels, using an electromagnetic centre differential to distribute drive seamlessly between the front and rear axles. According to MINI, “In normal driving situations ALL4 diverts a maximum 50 per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels, rising to as much as 100 per cent in extreme conditions”.
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