MINI at Paris Motor Show 2012
British car maker MINI announced its lineup for the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and it’s rather interesting.It’s not really a crowded booth, but it’s all good stuff in there. Nice and simple!
As we knew, the main feature of the lineup is the MINI Paceman – the seventh model in the MINI line-up. The first Sports Activity Coupé to be launched in the premium compact segment takes the brand into new territory once again, combining extrovert design and stylish individuality with a fresh interpretation of the hallmark MINI go-kart feeling.
Other interesting car on display will be the MINI John Cooper Works GP celebrates its world premiere in the French capital – the fastest MINI ever built adding a spectacular new chapter to over 50 years of motor sport tradition. MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system can be specified for the MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman and MINI Cooper D Paceman.
World premiere: the MINI Paceman.
MINI is expanding its model range with the introduction of the world’s first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment. The British manufacturer is using the Mondial de l’Automobile 2012 show to stage the world premiere of the MINI Paceman – the brand’s second model after the MINI Countryman with a body measuring over four metres in length and which customers can order as an option with the MINI ALL4 permanent all-wheel-drive system. Two doors and a large tailgate, muscular proportions, flowing coupé lines and a lounge-style interior with two individual rear seats mark out its distinctive character. The MINI Paceman will be available with two petrol engines and a pair of diesel variants from launch. Standard specification also includes lowered sports suspension.
World premiere: the MINI John Cooper Works GP.
Outstanding performance characteristics and a limited production run combine to make the MINI John Cooper Works GP an exclusive sporting machine. The fastest MINI ever built is powered by a 160 kW/218 hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine and comes with adjustable coilover suspension, an extremely powerful sports braking system, and bespoke light-alloy wheels and sports tyres. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds and is capable of a top speed of 242 km/h (150 mph). The interplay between the engine, suspension and aerodynamics was fine-tuned during intensive testing on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit, which used to host Formula One grand prix races.
Crowd-puller: the new John Cooper Works model range.
With a new generation of engines on hand, the intoxicating racing feeling offered by the current crop of John Cooper Works models will be interrupted even less frequently by the need to refuel. All the members of MINI’s elite performance family can also be optionally ordered with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Added to which, the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is the first model in the John Cooper Works line-up to be equipped with the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system as standard. Customers can now choose from a selection of six John Cooper Works models.
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