Details and Photos of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman is the latest “race-ready” entry in the MINI Cooper’s lineup.  The new “Sports Activity Coupe” segment MINI hopes to define will see its foundation with this powerful little race-inspired MINI.

Along with aerodynamic improvements outside of the car, as well as exclusive paint and interior coloring options, the performance-maxed drivetrain of the MINI JCW Paceman features some powerful additions.


The power plant is a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger, gasoline direct injections (GDI), and variable valve control using BMW’s VALVETRONIC technology.  This means an output of 218 horsepower, peak torque of 280 Newton meters (Nm, or 207 lb-ft) with short boosts up to 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) between 2,100 and 4,500 rpm in overboost function.   This power goes through a six-speed manual transmission (standard) or through a six-speed automatic (option).

This gives the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) speed of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph – all manual transmission numbers.  Amazingly, with all this performance, the Paceman manages an average fuel economy of 38.2 mpg (EU combined cycle).

The power delivery from transmission to wheels is through an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system to aid the car’s sporting and road-gripping capabilities.  This is done through BMW’s electromagnetic center differential to seamlessly distribute power between front and rear axles dynamically to optimize traction.

The chassis of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman is, of course, tuned for racing and performance with firm springs, dampers, etc. and hardened anti-roll bars.  Ride height is 10mm lower than its standard MINI counterpart and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is activated with the Sport button to stiffen things even further and better tune the AWD response.

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Aaron Turpen
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