The range-topping Paceman features the same 215bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine as the MINI JCW Countryman, and comes with MINI's ALL4 four-wheel drive and a slick six-speed manual gearbox as standard. A six-speed auto is available as an option.
The JCW Paceman completes the 0-62mph sprint in 6.9 seconds – a tenth quicker than the four-door Countryman. Both cars have the same 140mph top speed and both return 38.2mpg and emit 172g/km of CO2.
As well as an uprated engine, the JCW Paceman gets an aerodynamic bodykit which includes more aggressive bumpers and deeper side skirts, plenty of JCW badges and 18-inch alloys. Intriguingly named 19-inch "Cross-Spoke Crusher" alloys are on the options list.
All MINI JCW Pacemans get sports suspension, which has been lowered by 10mm over other versions of the Paceman, while pressing the Sport button adds weight to the electric power steering and improves the sound from the sports exhaust.
On the inside, there are four individual sports seats, a sports steering wheel, anthracite rooflining and plenty of extra John Cooper Works badges.
There are nine colours to choose from, including the signature John Cooper Works Chili Red paint. Buyers can also opt to have a contrasting Chili Red roof and door mirror caps, which are not available on other Paceman models.
Prices for the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman start at £29,535 - £940 more than the JCW Countryman – and the car goes on sale on March 16.