If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a MINI Cooper Paceman, the coupe variant of its Countryman crossover, here’s what you need to know: the Paceman will go on sale on March 16, 2013, priced from $23,900, including the required $700 destination charge.
That money buys you the normally-aspirated version of the MINI Cooper Paceman, good for 121 horsepower. If that’s not enough for you, the Cooper S Paceman starts at $27,500, but gets you an output of 181 horsepower. If you want MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive, it’s available on Cooper S Paceman models only, priced from $29,200.
Paceman models come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, though a six-speed automatic is an available option throughout the range. On Cooper S Paceman models, the automatic transmission also includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, which are an optional accessory on base models.
MINI has also priced its John Cooper Works GP, which it bills as the fastest MINI ever built. Packing 211 horsepower, the limited production car can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 5.9 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 150 mph. It can also lap Germany's Nurburgring Nordschleife in just 8:23.
Only 2,000 John Cooper Works GP models will be built worldwide, and only 500 will be allocated to the United States. Those lucky enough to find one available can expect to pay a minimum of $39,950 including the required $700 destination charge.
Like the last MINI John Cooper Works GP, this model celebrates the brand’s racing heritage, as well as commemorating the final year of current Cooper production. A new generation of MINI Cooper is expected to debut for the 2014 model year.
2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP
The MINI John Cooper Works GP will begin deliveries in March of 2013, and customers interested in parking one in their garage can place an order via a toll free number. If you want the one of your own, we wouldn’t put off calling (800) 610-5269 at your earliest opportunity.
Both the MINI Paceman and the MINI John Cooper Works GP will make their North American debut this week in Los Angeles. We’ll bring you live shots as part of our comprehensive Los Angeles Auto Show coverage.