Set­ting the pace?

The JCW Pace­man may pack a 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbo, look good and per­form well but it begs the ques­tion: who needs an im­prac­ti­cal Coun­try­man? asks wheels’ Imran Ma­lik

Friday - - Leisure -

Ihaven’t been this con­fused since step­ping out of the cin­ema about five years ago hav­ing watched No Coun­try for

Old­Men. What the heck was the fi­nal act all about? I still don’t get it and now, I just don’t get the car you see pic­tured here, the John Cooper Works Pace­man. Why has BMW built this not-so-mini Mini, which is ba­si­cally a Coun­try­man but with­out the prac­ti­cal­ity that one af­fords, and then if you thought it couldn’t get any more bizarre, slapped a Dh205,000 price-tag on it?

What do you get for your money? Well, aside from boast­ing all-wheel drive, the usu­ally peppy 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbo four pot (it does its best here but feels a lit­tle bogged down due to the ex­cess lard it’s been forced to carry), a snappy six-speed

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