FEW companies with what is basically one model have ever been able to come up with MINI’s wide range of different takes on the same theme.
First came the MIN itself then Cooper and Cooper S versions followed by the Clubman estate – daftly sticking to the original Mini’s van-type rear doors.
Then came the 2WD or 4WD Countryman, with raised suspension for lightweight off-roading and a full set of four doors plus decent interior space.
Now we will soon have the oddly named Paceman – an “activity coupe” based on the Countryman.
A coupe based on an estate?? Well you might be able to sell that idea to the public MINI, since everything you touch seems to turn to gold, but you can’t sell it to me.
The company says: “It combines the classical MINI with features of the Countryman and the style of a coupe.
“The result is a MINI with ‘muscle car’ design cues, displaying its dynamic capability from every angle.”
Right then. It’s a countryman tarted up to look a bit more special. First show will be at Detroit next week and we shall see!
Interior details are non-existent at the moment, but the company says it will be capable of taking the most powerful Cooper S Works 207bhp power unit.
The windows appear to wrap around the car like a band of glass, and this, with a different roof colour, could be an effective design change from existing models.
MINI Paceman concept
Mechanical: 207bhp, 1,598cc, 4 cylinder petrol driving the front wheels via a 6-speed manual auto gearbox
Max speed: 140+mph
0-62mph: sub 7 seconds
Combined mpg: 35+
Insurance group: N/A
CO2 emissions: N/A
BIK rating: N/A
Warranty: 3 years/60,000 miles
Main Rival:Audi A3 Sportback