Are any of you fans of the MINI cars? If you are, did you know that MINI is actually owned by BMW? Back in 1994, BMW Group bought the struggling Rover company. Not able to revitalize the company, most of the assets were sold off with the exception of a hidden jewel known at the time as “Mini.” Understanding the heritage of the car, BMW decided to revamp this line as was evident by the respelling to “MINI.” With that history lesson out of the way, let’s look at the 2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman.
Some changes from the normal “Mini” look is the restructuring of the tail lights in a horizontal position, changing from the mainstay vertical positioning that was a staple of the Mini tradition. In a sort-of Porsche-“ish” designing maneuver, the word “PACEMAN” is spelled on the rear door. How successful that will be is yet to be seen. The window controls have been moved finally to the door. Always an annoyance for drivers, especially those trying to drink a beverage as the controls were always in the way it seemed.
In terms of dimensions, the 102.2-inch wheelbase remains the same. The sloping design of the roof cuts into the cargo space. Almost an entire cubic foot is lost. I don’t like the new sloping design to be honest. Reducing the door’s from 4 to 2 but keeping the seats was an interesting choice. The coupe like design makes the Paceman look quite different. Roominess is actually more than one would think. Unless of course you’re abnormally tall.
As for the overall driving experience of the 2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman, it definitely does not feel anything near that of a sports car experience. It does have a stiff suspension (compared to the Countryman). The engine is the marquee 1.6 liter twin-scroll turbo I4 offering 184 HP and 192 lb.-ft. of torque.
Set to launch in the spring of 2013, the Paceman will be available in both sport and normal trim. The normal trim will be powered by a 122 HP engine with 118 lb.-ft. torque.