04/04/2013 (press release: CambridgePRGroup) // Peabody, Mass. // MINI of Peabody

After finding success by offering ALL4 all-wheel drive to its customers for the first time in its four-door Countryman compact crossover, MINI is now delivering a sportier, two-door version called the 2013 MINI Paceman. Currently on sale at dealerships, the MINI Paceman further differentiates itself with a lowered sport suspension, a sloping roofline, an integrated rear spoiler and MINI’s first application of horizontal rear lights.

Like the MINI Coutryman, the Paceman uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine to generate 121 horsepower in standard form, while a turbocharged variant boosts output to 181 horsepower in the Cooper S Paceman and Cooper S Paceman ALL4. The high-performance MINI John Cooper Works Paceman will also arrive at dealers shortly, packed with 208 horsepower and a 0 – 60 mph time of 6.5 seconds.

“The new MINI Paceman is perfect for Massachusetts drivers who want a sporty coupe but need something that they can drive year-round in New England’s crazy weather,” said Gary King, general manager of MINI of Peabody, a Greater Boston MINI dealer. “The available all-wheel drive can get you through winter’s worst, but the Paceman rewards you in every season with its sleek exterior and responsive handling.”

New Paceman owners who want to learn how to harness the full potential of a MINI vehicle can enroll in the MINI Performance Motoring School starting at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this summer. Each participant in the one-day program gets to drive a 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop while receiving training from the professional racecar drivers at Miles Ahead. The course includes slalom and handling, precision braking, skid control and timed sector runs, and spots can be reserved at www.BeMilesAhead.net.

Meanwhile, for MINI fans who are more tech-savvy than race-ready, the brand will soon be synching four additional iPhone apps to its MINI Connected infotainment system. Drivers will be able to listen to audiobooks through Audible, let friends and family track their travel via GPS with Glympse, subscribe to on-demand music with Rhapsody and browse Internet radio stations with TuneIn.

“The new MINI Connected apps will make road trips to see family a lot more enjoyable, whether you want to take in the latest New York Times Best Seller or listen to new music that matches the style of your favorite bands,” added King. “The best part is that you won’t be getting phone calls from mom or dad asking where you are because Glympse can let them know your exact location and when you’re scheduled to arrive at their home.”

About MINI of Peabody:

Since 2002, MINI of Peabody has been the leading source for new and used MINI vehicles in Northern New England. Their dedication to professional, friendly customer service allowed them to win the 2009 MINI Motoring Cup, a national award presented to the dealership that has the highest sales and customer satisfaction. Their new location in Peabody offers a state-of-the art service center and an expanded selection of MINI parts and accessories. See their MINI inventory or schedule a service appointment at www.minipeabody.com, call (877) 212-9727, like them on at www.facebook.com/miniofpeabody or visit their new showroom at 209 Andover Street (Route 114) in Peabody, Massachusetts.

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