Taking design cues from the Dakar X-Raid silhouette off road racer, MINI is producing the road version, which is said to be a homologation special for the World Rally Championship.
There is talk that the reason the Paceman looks like the X-raid racer is that it will be the basis of Mini's entry into rallying.
|Aaltonen and Liddon at the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally|
Mini is a famous name in rallying, in fact the Monte Carlo Rally gave the plucky little car its most celebrated motorsports achievement.
The two door paceman with its compact dimensions and slightly raised platform will give Mini a lot of room to play with when prepping the car for S2000 homologation, It could also be the basis of a really fun all-wheel drive road cars.
So far these are still speculations but we expect Munich to start spilling some beans when the car actually appears in Cobo Hall in a few weeks time.
MINI PACEMAN GALLERY
MINI X-RAID GALLERY
MINI @ MONTE CARLO GALLERY