Date:23 November 2012
Can it be the seventh iteration of the Mini already? At the Paris Motor Show the company introduced what it calls the first Sports Activity Coupé to be launched in the premium compact segment.
At the same time, Mini raised the bar further for its high-performance models with the launch of the John Cooper Works GP, said to be the fastest Mini ever. The new hot Mini’s race-bred performance was honed during extensive lappery of the Nürburgring.
John Cooper Works GP
Squeezing peak power of 160 kW out of the turbocharged four-cylinder is one thing; ensuring that it reaches the road is another. Adjustable coil-over suspension, sports braking system, DSC stability control system with GP race mode and model-specific alloy wheels and sports tyres are all part of the running-gear package. As if the huge gobs of power aren’t enough on their own, the lack of rear seats further boosts power-to-weight ratio. It will do 0 to 100 km/h in 6,3seconds, says Mini. Oh, and its top speed of 242km/h happens to be the highest ever recorded by a production Mini. Just 2 000 will be produced.
The compact four-seat equivalent to the likes of BMW’s X model SUVs, the Paceman has a sporty (engines from 82kW to 135kW, lower suspension, optional all-wheel drive) and a practical dimension (foldable rear seats increase load space from 330 to 1 080 dm3).
Wallpapers: Click New on the block (November 2012 issue) to download wallpaper images of selected cars.