- 2013 MINI JCW Paceman gets the full high-performance treatment.
- Familiar JCW engine tweaks extract 208 horsepower from just 1.6 liters.
- Standard all-wheel drive and chunky styling recall the JCW Countryman crossover.
MINI's headliner at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show is its latest souped-up performance model: the two-door, four-seat John Cooper Works Paceman crossover.
You probably know the "JCW" drill by now: MINI starts with the already zesty Cooper S trim level, cranks up the turbo boost to 208 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque (207 lb-ft with "Overboost" for brief full-throttle bursts), and adds an even firmer suspension and unique exterior and interior styling elements.
Notably, the JCW Paceman's suspension is also lowered, which makes sense given that the regular Paceman is a relatively high-riding compact crossover. We're not sure how many Paceman people plan to attend track days, but with the JCW suspension in place, that's certainly an option.
Like the four-door JCW Countryman, the JCW Paceman comes standard with MINI's ALL4 all-wheel drive, which sends those 208 horses to the front wheels by default, but can redirect every single one of them to the rear wheels if necessary.
The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual, with an optional 6-speed conventional automatic available for those who want it.
As usual with MINI products, fuel economy is a strong suit: the manual transmission returns 25 mpg city/31 highway -- fairly impressive for a high-performance vehicle -- while the automatic checks in at 23/30.
Unique JCW offerings include 19-inch "Cross-Spoke Crusher" alloy wheels outside, red contrast stitching inside, and JCW logos wherever there's room. For what it's worth, MINI says the JCW Paceman provides "that unmistakable racing feeling in lounge-style surroundings."
The 2013 MINI JCW Paceman's starting price is $36,200, positioning it as a more affordable rival to the similarly fashion-forward Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. Look for it at dealerships in March 2013.
What it means to you: MINI's roster now includes a JCW version for every model. If the JCW Countryman had too many doors for your taste, the JCW Paceman is just what the doctor ordered.
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