Mini’s released new pictures and information on its new Cooper Paceman, the sporty coupe version of the Paceman, which is, in itself, a sporty coupe version of the Countryman. Got that? No? Well look at it this way — the Cooper Paceman is designed to appeal to anyone wanting a meaty-looking sports hatch that has a bit of menace and style about it.
The Mini Cooper Paceman won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but we really like the sloping roof, aggressive piranha-like face and the overall chunkiness of the thing. The cabin is really nicely styled, too, the highlight being two individual lounge-style rear chairs. They’re not particularly practical (only two people will fit back there) but they do give the car a very contemporary look.
That said, it’s reasonably practical. The Mini Paceman offers 330 litres of boot space, which increases to 1,080 litres with those rear seats folded down.
The Mini Cooper Paceman’s on-paper performance is very appealing. The standard car uses a 1.6-litre engine that achieves 122bhp, does 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds and returns 64.2mpg with CO2 emissions of 115g/km. The slightly quicker Mini Cooper S Paceman makes 184bhp, does the 62mph sprint in 7.5 seconds and returns 46.3mpg while spitting 143g/km.
A couple of diesels are available in the form of the Mini Cooper D Paceman and Mini Cooper SD Paceman, but if neither of these satisfies the hooligan inside, you’ll want to consider the flagship John Cooper Works Paceman. This model uses the same engine but kicks out 218bhp – enough to accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds.
All versions come with MacPherson sprint struts, a multilink rear axle, lowered suspension (regular suspension is available as a no-cost option) plus 16- or 17-inch alloys as standard.
The Mini Cooper Paceman range starts from £18,970 on the road. Check out the pictures below and keep it locked to Recombu for a full review soon.