Being a true-blooded petrol-head, I am not so pleased with this news. However, it is a sign that MINI is thinking greener, much like the rest of the auto industry.
The British car manufacturer has brought out its “most powerful diesel variant”, the MINI Cooper SD, with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine that is capable of producing 170 PS (125 kW) and 360 Nm (265 lb-ft) of torque. The top-of-the-line diesel hatchback can hit 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds (0.1 second faster with the optional six-speed Steptronic transmission). It also averages 57.3 to 58.8 miles per gallon in the US and around 70 miles per gallon in the UK, with rather good emission values—104 to 110g/km. Pretty impressive these numbers, powerful and yet fuel efficient.
MINI has also brought out the Copper One First, less powerful but slightly more fuel thirsty. Wonder how they managed that. It has a 1.2-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder diesel engine that produces 75 PS (55 kW) and a torque of 150 Nm (110 lb-ft). This MINI is capable of running from 0-100 km/h in 12.8 seconds and average 45.2-47 mpg in the US (54.3-56.4 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 117-122 g/km.
Both models will be available in the UK from July with the Cooper SD priced from £19,450.