There are so many different variations and tuning packages for the Mini Cooper, sometimes it’s difficult to keep track of which Cooper is which. It has a style and shape that plays well with new additions, updates, trim levels, and packages so the most obvious thing to do is add another for greedy consumption. Mini’s latest toy is a new SD version which just so happens to be their most powerful diesel Cooper ever, and yet another reason the Mini Cooper is so darn popular.

The Mini Cooper SD is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that delivers an impressive 143 hp at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 225 lb-ft available between 1,750 and 2,700 rpm. This leaves the other diesel variants in the Cooper line in the dust since the Cooper D only produces 112hp and the Cooper One D only delivers 114hp. U.S. customers need not start jumping for joy just yet; Mini has yet to decide whether the diesel SD will be taking a trip across the ocean to see us.

Whether we get a piece of this action or not, Mini will be bringing the SD trim level to different Mini models, including the Cooper, Cooper Convertible, Clubman, and Countryman versions. The Mini Cooper SD will be making its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show with sales beginning shortly thereafter.

Hit the jump to read more about the Mini Cooper SD.

  • 2011 MINI Cooper SD
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  • Engine:
    four-cylinder diesel
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  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.1 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    134 mph
  • car fuel:
  • body style:

Exterior and Interior

2011 Mini Cooper S High Resolution Exterior
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The focus of the Mini Cooper SD, or any of the SD variants in the works, will not be on the exterior or interior of the vehicle because Mini’s focus will be on the engine. That being said, some tweaks here and there have to be made in order for everyone to know what this model can do. These changes are made with an extra-large air intake in the front apron and an air scoop on the bonnet, "SD" letters on the side indicator surrounds, and twin tailpipes positioned in the center of the rear apron. The MINI Cooper SD, MINI Cooper SD Clubman, and MINI Cooper SD Countryman will also come with a new roof spoiler.

The Engine

2011 MINI Cooper SD Exterior
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Under the hood there is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that delivers an impressive 143 hp at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 225 lb-ft available between 1,750 and 2,700 rpm. The new engines performance vary depending on the trim chosen. Chek out the table below to see which version you prefer.

Model 0 -60 mph sprint time Top Speed Fuel consumption
MINI Cooper SD 8.1 seconds 134 mph 65.7 mpg
MINI Cooper SD Clubman 8.6 seconds 134 mph 64.2 mpg
MINI Cooper SD Convertible 8.7 seconds 130 mph 62.8 mpg
MINI Cooper SD Countryman 9.3 seconds 123 mph 61 mpg
MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 9.4 seconds 121 mph 58 mpg

The engine will be offered as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, whose ratios are tuned carefully to the engine’s performance characteristics to enable powerful and silky smooth acceleration. A six-speed automatic gearbox will also be available as an option.

Standard technology for the Cooper SD will include Brake Energy Regeneration, the Auto Start/Stop function, Shift Point Display, Electric Power Steering, and the need-based operation of ancillary components.


2011 MINI Cooper SD High Resolution Exterior
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The new Mini SD line-up will make its world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show with sales to begin shortly after. Prices will start at £18,750 ($25,832 at the current rates) and end at £23,190 ($31,949 at the current rates).


2011 MINI Cooper SD High Resolution Exterior
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The list of competitors for the 2011 Mini Cooper SD will include models like the BMW 1-Series, the Mazda3, and the Audi A3.

Set to launch at the end of 2012, the new 1-Series will be offered with two 4-cylinder diesel engines with 122 or 143 HP. This information begs the question as to why BMW didn’t use the same engine for the new Mini SD models.

On the US market, the Mazda3 is offered with a 2.5 Liter four cylinder that makes 167 HP and 168 lb-ft of torque. The Audi A3 gets five gasoline and four diese engine with outputs ranging from 105 HP in the entry level 1.2 TFSI version to 265 HP in the 2.0 TFSI version. Both sets of numbers just kill the SD.

All of these models, in Europe at least, already offer diesel powertrains in their line-up with power outputs that exceed that of the Cooper SD. What the Cooper has on its side is its loyal following and its unique, attractive design, making it a tough contender in its class.

  • Leave it
    • Not enough power for a 2.0 liter engine
    • Not available in the U.S. ... YET
    • Competition kicks its butt in the HP department
What do you think?
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  (530) posted on 07.6.2011

Actually, I kind of bored with this car brand .. they have the same look and styling. I bet this car is not the best option in the market there are still a lot that I have an impressive performance.

  (320) posted on 07.6.2011

hmm. It seems that the Mini tries to make an good looking version.. For all the model car that was out with this car manufacturer I would say that this is the only car that was impressed! I think the Mini to upgrade their styling for their car.

  (380) posted on 04.15.2011

I’m really get bored on MINI the have the same faces, vintage mixed with modern styling. Well, I find it kind of lame..Do they have something else to offer.

  (291) posted on 04.15.2011

It seems that they decided to follow the traditional look. However, it doesn’t look lame but boring maybe though it comes in cheap price.

  (1023) posted on 04.13.2011

I have to say that it has a less power for a diesel car. Though I have to praise that this car is fuel efficient. 

  (780) posted on 04.13.2011

@benjie_klien, I prefer that they used the AWD platform to make this car more spacious since I find the passenger seat has a small space.

  (592) posted on 02.7.2011

The new Mini SD line-up will make its world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show with sales to begin shortly after

  (463) posted on 02.3.2011

Why must people always complain?!?! 25mpg, fun to drive, good styling and performance, practical. This car is fantastic!

  (211) posted on 02.3.2011

why buy the manual? do you really think that people here are actually going to get the manual, especially with AWD?

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