The 'Sports' Mini?

The iconic Mini reworked to become the the world’s first small car 'Sports Activity Coupe.’ The Italian Job it most certainly isn't..
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The iconic Mini reworked to become the the world’s first small car 'Sports Activity Coupe.’ The Italian Job it most certainly isn't..

The Mini is an iconic car, and it’s just been given a facelift to create the Paceman.

To put it simply Mini has chopped the back doors from a Countryman and bundled in plenty of styling tweaks, creating what it describes as ‘the world's first Sports Activity Coupe in the small-car segment.’

From the front the Paceman is virtually identical to the Countryman, with the same headlights and larger grille that separate it from the normal Mini. From the side it’s a more coupe-like three-door hatch design, whilst at the rear there’s new tail-lights that are both taller and longer, wrapping across the hatch and around the rear guards.

Power is provided by the same 1.6 litre twin-scroll turbocharged engine found in the brand's John Cooper Works models, developing 155kW and 260Nm of torque.

As with the Countryman, the Paceman also features MINI's All4 permanent all-wheel-drive system, sending as much as 100 percent of power to the rear axle if the front wheels completely lose traction. The front axle also features an electronic pseudo-LSD to help improve grip.

The Paceman is only the newest of many concepts to be introduced by Mini in the past two years, and while a production future has been promised for its Coupe and Roadster models, Mini has yet to offer solid details on release dates and production plans for its next-generation line-up.

www.mini.co.uk

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