New MINI Gets A High Score

Mini Paceman

by Douglas Black, enerficiency On The Road

I have been reading about the new MINI unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (@NAIASDetroit ) this week.  Officially named the 2014 MINI John Cooper Works Paceman, I keep seeing PAC-MAN in my mind’s eye.  I don’t know why I hear PAC-MAN in my head, but I am going to stick with that.

PAC MANJohnCooperWorksMini Paceman front



The seventh MINI model introduced by BMW since 2001, the Paceman is larger than the purists’ Cooper. First looks at the prototype a couple years back did not rack up many points.  Reports in 2011 suggested that the work-in-progress performed a bit like the 1980’s arcade game (meh…).

Apparently the handling issues and sluggishness have been addressed, and the 208 hp turbo-charged 4-cylinder sounds impressive.  This “big” MINI looks like State-of-the-Art fun.

I would like nothing better than to give this “PAC-MAN”a spin, gobbling up corners and zipping down one way streets here in Chicago.  Perhaps when the @ChiAutoShow begins in February I’ll be given an opportunity to gobble up some road.

Whatever you wish to call it, this MINI Paceman is a winner.


GMan Smiling
Douglas Black


Having more than 30 years experience in the green and sustainable building field, Douglas Black has dedicated the past 20 years to energy efficiency in the built environment.

Douglas Black is a high performance car enthusiast, always with an ear to the pavement for what’s fast and new.  He began blogging enerficiency On The Road in 2001, and now continues reporting from Auto Shows and Swap Meets at his Hot Flying Rats! blog –

He also uses his MagicEightBall to predict sporting outcomes and shares on his blog

Photography is a lifelong passion for Mr. Black, and while not capturing enthusiastic smiles at Wrigley Field and other sports venues around Chicago, he captures moments in the built environment.

And in his spare time, he works on getting that Captains License, expecting to retire on the water one day, taking photos.





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