For the 13th time in a row, Mini is preparing a special model that will be auctioned at the Vienna Life Ball for a good cause. This year it’s time for the company’s seventh model - the new Paceman - to dress up for the good cause.
This year’s Paceman Life Ball Edition was prepared by fashion designer Roberto Cavalli who opted for an iridescent paintwork that shimmers from black to brown, depending on the lighting.
On the roof, there is a huge "Robero Cavalli" logo, while the interior has also been completely redesigned according to Cavalli’s personal taste. The designer opted for a black trim with individual gilded elements – such as the decorative stitching on the leather seats and the Mini Center Speedo surround.
We’re hoping that the new Paceman by Roberto Cavalli will have the same success of all the previous Mini Life Ball models; for example last year the specially designed Roadster by Franca Sozzani was auctioned for €54,000 (around $71,000 at the current exchange rates).
Updated 05/29/2013: The new Mini Paceman by Roberto Cavalli was auctioned for a record €150,000 (about $194,000 at the current exchange rates) during the AIDS Solidarity gala. All the proceeds will go to combat HIV/AIDS.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Mini Paceman.
The seventh model in Mini’s lineup - aka Paceman - was previewed by a first concept version at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, while the production version arrived at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
Just like with any other Mini in the lineup, the Paceman can be ordered in four different trim levels: Paceman Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper D and SD, with the first one featuring petrol engines and the last ones diesel engines.
The most powerful version is of course the Paceman S which gets a 1.6-liter gasoline engine that delivers a total of 184 horsepower and a peak torque of 177 pound-feet. This version will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 135 mph.
gallery: Mini Paceman
For the 13th consecutive year, MINI has donated one of its models to the Life Ball to be styled by an internationally renowned designer for a good cause. 2013 sees the MINI Paceman endowed with the creative signature of Roberto Cavalli. A few hours before the start of the AIDS charity event on 25 May, the Italian fashion designer and his wife unveiled the one-off MINI during the official Life Ball Press Conference. As part of the AIDS Solidarity Gala in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, the Life Ball MINI 2013 will be auctioned from 17 hrs on, with the proceeds benefiting projects committed to combating AIDS. Tonight at Life Ball’s magenta carpet Roberto Cavalli will present the MINI to the public.
The design of the Life Ball MINI 2013 by Roberto Cavalli.
A first glimpse of the Life Ball MINI 2013 unquestionably reveals the distinctive style of the famous fashion designer. Cavalli upgraded the exterior of the MINI Paceman – the youngest and seventh member of the MINI family – with an exclusive colour that has already featured in his own fleet of cars: a special iridescent paint that shimmers between black and brown depending on the incidence of light. This flamboyant paintwork accentuates the clear lines of the first Sports Activity Coupé by MINI and turns it into a very special one-off. The expressive Cavalli logo on the roof of the car along with his signature on the wide coupé door leave no doubt as to the designer who has left his unmistakable imprint on the car. The logo can also be found on the inside, where the headrests and sun visors feature the stylish motif. The interior design of the
MINI Paceman is swathed in black, with individual gilded elements – such as the decorative stitching on the leather seats and the MINI Center Speedo surround – lending it an extravagant look. This is further reinforced by the hallmark Cavalli animal prints on the leather-lined steering wheel and parts of the instruments.