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The MINI Paceman John Cooper Works is the newest JCW model, on the latest MINI bodystyle. It tops the MINI Paceman range, designed as a three-door “coupe” variant of the MINI Countryman, the maxi MINI. The Paceman JCW was first shown at the Detroit show in January and will reach showrooms next month.

As usual, a turbocharged 1.6 litre sends 218 hp and 280 Nm of torque (300 Nm on overboost for short periods between 2,100 and 4,500 rpm) to all four wheels (ALL4 is standard) via a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. 0-100 km/h is completed in just under seven seconds, while top speed is 226 km/h for the manual and 224 km/h for the auto.

The four-pot features twin-scroll turbocharging, direct injection and Valvetronic. Reinforced pistons, lightweight crankshafts, an aluminium cylinder block and bearing mounts, and an optimised cooling system, air supply and exhaust gas discharge system have been thrown in as well.

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To set it apart, MINI has given the Paceman JCW a bodykit, 10 mm lower suspension, lightweight 18-inch alloys (19s are available) and a sports exhaust with twin chrome pipes. Besides white and black, the roof, mirror caps and interior trim strips can be had in Chili Red as an optional extra.

Inside, you’ll find red-contrast stitching on the sports steering wheel, cloth sports seats (leather optional) gear lever gaiter and floor mats, while the dials and headlining are dark-coloured. Nine body colours are available, including the JCW-only Chili Red.

No, we haven’t sampled the JCW yet, but you can read our test drive report of the MINI Paceman Cooper S here. Want two more doors? Check out our MINI Countryman test drive report here.

Mega gallery of the Paceman JCW, shot on-location at the international media drive, is after the jump.