The MINI Paceman & JCW GP

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I finally got the chance to check out the new MINI Paceman last weekend at my local dealer. It was Penny brown (as pictured above) surround by clever marketing collateral.

And I didn’t like it.

Sure, I sat in it. It was like the Countryman. I didn’t sit in the backseat because, well, I just couldn’t be bothered. It was nice enough on the inside I suppose.

My issue comes when looking at this MINI from the outside. To better illustrate when I’m about to be on about, let’s check out another photo.

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I wish I would have snapped a pic of the car at the dealer because I now know why this car is always photographed at this angle with a busy background. There is something about this MINI that just looks weird.

Look at the bonnet and front bumper in the photo. Is it just me, or does it look really, really long? Longer than the Countryman to be sure. Out of place long. Awkwardly long. Maybe it’s the extreme slope of the rear roof line?

And that roof line. It’s a pretty extreme slope in person. So extreme I had people tell me they thought the rear of the car looked like a Pontiac Aztec. I don’t think it looks that bad, but it also looks weird.

To me, the overall proportions of this MINI aren’t pleasing to the eye. I’m sure that the front half of this MINI has the same overall exterior specifications as the Countryman. I just wish I could see it that way. I mean the front of this is like a ’79 Ford Grenada.

This is definitely a MINI that looks better in photos. At least it does to me.

I haven’t had a chance to drive this MINI yet and seriously doubt I ever will which is too bad since I’ve heard good things about the driving dynamic. I just don’t like the way it looks. Am I the only one that is seeing the bonnet this way? Let us know in the comments!

I also got the chance to finally see the new GP. Sat it in and everything. We’ll add this to the list of cars I will probably not get the chance to ever drive (I’ve never driven the previous gen GP either), but the interior is really nice. The seats are amazing and wish I could have them in my MINI now. The leather dash is also a nice touch, along with all of the other GP changes to the interior. The graphics are ridiculous and the roof numbers are just lame. I’m also not a big fan of the wheels, but I really like this MINI otherwise.

Comments are open. What say you?

Cars and Coffee

One of the things that I really like about Arizona is that there is always something going on. Every Friday in the Phoenix area there are at least 4 different meetups at random pubs throughout the valley. Almost every weekend there is some kind of ‘festival’ happening too. And, every First Sunday is Cars and Coffee.

MINI of Tempe is the place. They host as many local MINI enthusiasts that will show up. Feed us coffee and donuts and lets us gawk at the cars on the lot, talk amongst ourselves or with the sales people and generally let us be MINI geeks for a morning.

This is the 2nd time I’ve been able to attend and it’s always a good time. Talking about the Rocketman MINI, the Paceman vs. Clubman and Countryman. Plus a game of “are you going to…” about the big MINI events coming up this year like MINIs on the Dragon and A MINI Vacation in Vegas. Toss in a bit of reminiscing for good measure and you have the makings for a pretty great Sunday morning.

Last thing for me to do is join the local club so I can start going on a few runs. Been a while since I’ve done that and I’m overdue to drive my MINI in a line of other MINIs on some twisty roads.

But, before I can do that, I still have a few repairs to make on Roxy, primarily the front control arm bushings. I know, I know. I’m hoping to give Detroit Tuned a call next week to get those ordered, then it’s just a matter of saving up the cash to get the work done. I have gotten a few recommendations for local shops to check out besides the dealers too, so that should help.

Finally, AMVIV is coming up pretty quick. Sadly, I can’t make the Dragon again this year, but AMVIV I can. We are planning something really cool this year that we hope is as cool as what we did at Aliente Station during AMVIV 7. The only way to find out is to go, and I expect to see as many of you there as possible, especially since MINI United was cancelled for this year. Come to Vegas instead!