MINI JCW Paceman ALL4 First Drive by TheAutoChannel

MINI JCW Paceman Test Drive 7 photos
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MINI's strategy of continuously diversifying its model range is currently paying off. The flagship Paceman was just introduced to the world inside MINI dealerships and is now available in the most powerful version, the John Cooper Works that was put to the test by Henny Hemmes from The Auto Channel.

Driving the most powerful and expensive Paceman around the streets of Frankfurt and outside of the German city shows you some interesting features of the all-wheel-drive MINI. Yes, it's equipped with the all new ALL4 traction system that come in handy, especially on winter roads.

The 218 HP 1.6-liter turbocharged engine hooked up to a reinforced 6-speed manual gearbox handles the weight exceptionally well. The 206 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque push you into the back of your chair quite hard.

The EPC (electronic power steering gear) does its job well, better than expected from an electric powered steering system. It's hard and does a pretty good job at describing exactly what's under the front wheels.

The ride is pretty good for a sport car, the suspension absorbs bad parts of the road well and isolates them from the cockpit. The front seats could offer more side support and the dash is pretty confusing for the non-MINI accustomed driver, especially with the center mounted speedometer.

Bottom line, the JCW Paceman is a nice car, destined solely for the MINI aficionados that enjoy it's sportive character and agile feel on the road.

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