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Mike Stevens | Dec 13, 2012

MINI's flagship Paceman John Cooper Works edition has made its official debut today, just hours after leaked images surfaced online.

As expected, the enhanced Paceman JCW is powered by MINI's 1.6 litre turbocharged four, producing 160kW at 6000rpm and 280Nm of torque between 1900 and 5000rpm.

An overboost function is also featured, pushing torque to 300Nm for short periods between 2100 and 4500rpm.

Combined with ALL4 all-wheel-drive and the standard six-speed manual, or optional six-speed auto, the turbo 1.6 shoves the Paceman JCW to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds.

Top speed is listed at 226km/h, and fuel consumption on the EU combined cycle is rated at 8.0 l/100km for the manual, 8.4 for the auto.

All JCW models are treated to handling tweaks, and the Paceman version picks up features largely in-line with its five-door Countryman JCW stablemate.

There's revised suspension (MacPherson up front and a central-arm rear axle), with an optimised spring and damper setup, stronger anti-roll bars and a 10mm lower ride.

Power steering has been enhanced, and Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Traction Control are on hand.

MINI's Sport button also features, delivering enhanced engine and steering response, and giving the cabin "the full character of its soundtrack".

As with the five-door model, the Paceman JCW gets a sports exhaust system and lower suspension on 18-inch alloy wheels (19s are optional), along with the requisite styling upgrades and speed stripes.

 

Australia

Speaking with TMR today, a BMW Australia spokesperson confirmed the Paceman JCW is expected here "toward the end of the second quarter next year".

The regular Paceman is due in Australia from March, lauching with two petrol engines.

As for the five-door Countryman JCW, an Australian debut - originally expected late this year - is now due in February.

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