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2014 Mini Cooper SD

2014 Mini Cooper SD

The Mini brand was resurrected for the 2001 model year, five years after the original Cooper ceased to exist. Initially available only as a three-door hatch and two-door convertible, the new Mini quickly grew into a lineup that included the Clubman, the Countryman, the Coupe and the Paceman. The first-gen model survived for only five years, being replaced by the second-gen in 2006. In 2013, the brand new, third-generation Mini was unveiled, this time riding atop BMW’s UKL1 platform.

Mini already debuted a brand-new diesel engine for the Cooper 5-Door, and the Brits decided to give that same oil burner to the three-door version as well. We’re talking about the 2.0-liter four-banger that generates 170 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, and enables the Cooper DS to become the most powerful diesel Cooper ever created.

Of course, it’s not overly fast from naught to 62 mph, but its 7.3-second second sprint is good enough considering the hatchback claims to return up to 58 mpg on the highway. The 0-to-62 mph figure drops to 7.2 seconds when the engine is paired to the six-speed Steptronic transmission. Sporty and efficient, a recipe that fits today’s demanding market like a glove.

Unfortunately, there’s no word as to whether this nippy fuel sipper will hit U.S. shores or not, but don’t expect to find it at a dealership near you this year. On the other hand, those of you who live in the United Kingdom can order one starting July 2014.

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International Engine of the Year Awards are in and BMW Cleaned House

International Engine of the Year Awards are in and BMW Cleaned House

TV buffs get the Emmys, movie buffs get the Oscars, and music lovers get the Grammys; so, where does that leave us gearheads? Well, the International Engine of the Year Awards, of course, and the 2012 results are hot off the press!

Ford took home the top prize of International Engine of the Year, with its 999 cc engine found in the European Focus. This engine, despite its petite size, cranks out 125 PS (123 horsepower) and manages to squeeze out 56.5 mpg. The 1.0-liter engine didn’t win a close battle either, it took home top honors by a full 113 points. Points are accumulated based on fuel economy, smoothness, performance, noise and drivability and each engine can only receive 15 of each voter’s total 25 points to give. Needless to say, that was quite a landslide victory.

That’s not the biggest news though, as BMW brought home top honors in four different categories. Bimmer took home the 1.4- to 1.8-liter prize with its 181-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine found in the MINI Cooper S. In the 1.8- to 2.0-liter class, BMW took first prize with its 241-horsepower, 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-pot. In the 2.5-liter to 3.0-liter class, BMW wrapped up top honors with its bi-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and its 335 horsepower. Last, but certainly not least, BMW took home 1st place in the 3.0- to 4.0-liter class with its 414-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8 engine.

Despite all of the accolades, the highest mark that BMW achieved in the Engine of the Year award was 5th place, with its 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-banger.

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2011 MINI Cooper SD

2011 MINI Cooper SD

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.

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Mini prepares Cooper S diesel

Mini prepares Cooper S diesel

Mini has just unveiled details on the 2011 Cooper S that will go on sale on September 18, 2010, but we have just received new details on the hatchback just ahead of its sales date. German magazines report that Mini is planning to bring a diesel engine to the lineup.

Right now, the Cooper S comes with a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a new 2.0-liter, but starting next year, customers will also be able to get a diesel engine with their little pride and joy. The diesel engine that will be used is a BMW N47 based engine, with displacement change down to 1.6 L (from 2.0 L). The engine will develop a total of 143 HP and a peak torque of 300 NM. The same sources report that the new engine will also be used for the Countryman S.

It’s true that this new engine will not be able to deliver the same output as the 1.6 Turbo engine, but it will still be a desired engine thanks to its autonomy. It is expected to have a fuel consumption of 4-4.5 liters per 100 kilometers and a CO2 emission of less than 110gr.

A similar engine is being used for both the BMW 1-Series and the 3-Series.

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Mini will not bring Cooper D to USA

Mini will not bring Cooper D to USA

It looks like the bad news keep coming for the US market. After announcing that the Alfa Romeo MiTo will no be offered on the US market, here’s another bad news: Mini will also not offer the Cooper D for us. But while for the MiTo the problem was its size, for the Mini the problem is the cost: converting European Diesel engine to US specifications will cost way to much for the car to be profitable.

Even if MINI USA charged 10%-15% more, they’d never make any money and at the end of the day based on our sources. On the other side of the equation, is MINI USA priced the car at 40%-50% more to pay for the re-engineering required, few would buy them at today’s moderately low fuel prices.

The cooper D is powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine that delivers 108bhp. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 9,9 seconds.

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JCW prepares diesel model and Mini SUV

JCW prepares diesel model and Mini SUV

It was only a matter for time before the in-house tuner division at Mini got tired of twiddling its thumbs. The people at John Cooper Works have already finished
thier work on the new gasoline-powered versions of the Mini coupe and convertible, so now the team may be crossing over into diesel engines.

The high-performance diesel could raise the power of the Mini D’s 1.6-liter engine by almost a third. That translates into going from 110 hp to around 160 hp, without taking the MPGs out of the mid 40s range. The only problem: the diesel Mini is not currently sold in the U.S.

Since the folks at JCW are already stepping outside their usual box, they may just try to take over the whole Mini lineup. Although it was preciously reported that John Cooper Works wouldn’t touch the Crossover, they may just try to cure their boredom again by working their magic on the production version of little SUV.

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MINI Cooper D Clubman coming to Detroit

MINI Cooper D Clubman coming to Detroit

It seems that for both Mini and BMW the Detroit Auto Show will be about bringing diesel cars to US. After BMW has announced they will bring a diesel version of the X5 and the 3-series, Mini also announced they will bring a diesel version of the Clubman in Detroit: the Cooper D Clubman.

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2008 MINI Cooper D

2008 MINI Cooper D

Confusion surrounding alternative fuels and related technologies is leading new car buyers to miss a trick. A recent YouGov Plc survey commissioned by MINI found that diesel-powered cars are thought to be way behind Hybrid models for cleanliness. Yet the 104g/km C02 emitted by the sporty MINI Cooper D is a figure that equals, and in many cases beats other cars using alternative technologies - including hybrids.
In a poll designed to gauge public understanding of CO2-related issues in the car purchase process, just three per cent of the 2,018-strong sample believed that a diesel-fuelled vehicle could be considered a low source of carbon emissions. Yet the new MINI Cooper D’s 104 g/km is identical to the hybrid-powered Toyota Prius and lower than the 109 g/km achieved by the Honda Civic Hybrid.

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2007 MINI One and MINI Cooper D

2007 MINI One and MINI Cooper D

The new MINI hatch line-up will soon be complete, when the new MINI One and MINI Cooper D models are unveiled to the public at the International Geneva Motor Show on 8 March 2007. The entry-level One features a perky 95hp 1.4-litre petrol engine, while the Cooper D boasts performance and fuel efficiency from an all-new 1.6-litre 110hp turbodiesel powerplant.

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