Today, Dr. Kay Segler, Senior Vice President, MINI Business Coordination and Brand Management, proudly unveiled the new John Cooper Works Paceman, during the MINI Press Conference at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Here's the speech from the floor:
Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see and hear for yourselves, there's no doubt this MINI has motorsport running through its veins. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman captures the feeling of racing in a pure form - in both its design and technology. It has everything you want for unbeatable driving fun in everyday use.
Thanks to the dynamic proportions of its body, this MINI's ultra-sporty DNA is crystal clear at first glance. Its confident front end blends perfectly with a coupe-style roof line and if you´re looking to up the ante, the aerodynamic kit takes this MINI's sportiness to the next level.
Without a doubt, the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman is not only the first Sports Activity Coupe in its segment, but also a true athlete and, like any athlete, the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman is ready for action. It´s powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine pumping out 208 horsepower. This will take you from zero to 60 miles per hour in six and a half seconds.
The racing know-how of John Cooper Works extends beyond its engine into its chassis technology. Sports suspension, including beefed-up anti-roll bars, comes as standard. Adding to its extraordinary driving experience is ALL4 - MINI's all-wheel drive - which also comes as standard. You can drive over loose ground, snow or really take a corner. Anywhere you drive, the variable distribution of power between the front and rear axles means you will always have optimum traction, directional stability and stable handling.
Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see, the sporting roots of the seventh model in the John Cooper Works line-up are clear. For over 50 years, the name John Cooper has stood for high performance and extreme driving fun in a MINI.
Fans around the world can't get enough of MINI´s performance. You can see this attraction in two of our sportiest models: the MINI Coupe and MINI Roadster. We have already delivered 10,000 units of each of these two models within a short span of time. This sales success confirms what we already know — the unmatched MINI driving fun guarantees more excitement than ever before.