The Paceman John Cooper Works hits Australia with a $58,600 starting price.
Driven by the familiar 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the new JCW variant is also the first Paceman model to be equipped with MINI's ALL4 all-wheel-drive system.
Producing 160kW at 6000rpm and 280Nm of torque between 1900 and 5000rpm, the Paceman JCW also features an overboost function that pushes torque to 300Nm for short periods between 2100 and 4500rpm.
Matched with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, the 1.6 turbo four punts the Paceman JCW to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds - and that time remains unchanged with the optional six-speed auto.
Fuel consumption is listed at 8.0 l/100km in manual form, and 8.3 l/100km with the automatic transmission optioned.
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, along with the requisite styling upgrades and speed stripes.
The Paceman JCW is also fitted with the Chilli package as standard, adding Cloth/leather combo trim, Auto climate control, automatic anti-dazzle function interior mirror, harman/kardon HiFi System and Bi-xenon headlights with headlight washer system.