New diesel motor to major on power and pace (oh, and economy...)
Web rumours are gathering pace that Mini will unveil a new high-performance diesel at the Geneva show in March, dubbed the Mini Cooper SD.
Mini appears to be attempting to corner the market in tiny-yet-rapid diesels; it already has the Cooper D, which manages to be frugal enough to combine free road tax and a London congestion charge exemption (thanks to 74.3mpg and 99g/km CO2) with genuine warm-hatch performance (0-62mph in 9.7secs).
And now, although it sounds more like a type of memory card than a car, the Cooper SD will add even more performance to the Mini diesel range, with 141bhp and 225lb ft of torque apparently on the cards (that's 29bhp and 26lb ft up on the existing Cooper D). And though the car will sacrifice around 10mpg in hatch form, we reckon the expected 65mpg isn't too bad.
The new engine, we're told, will eventually be slotted into the hatch, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman, and we should see the first images of the hatchback version - along with some more concrete spec details - sometime in February.
Good to see more performance diesels but I would take a new Seat Ibiza FR with the 2.0 tdi common rail with 140bhp. Will be cheaper and will map to around 200bhp. I will find out later in the year!
Fire9918 Jan 2011
Not exactly ground breaking when a decade old MG ZR / Rover 25 turbo-diesel could match the 0-60 figures.
honest118 Jan 2011
I Think Your Both Missing The Point. This Is More About An Engine Which Is road tax and a London congestion charge Free Thanks Too 99g/km CO2, And can return 70+MPG... Also Can Hit 60 MPH In Less Than 10 Sec. With Fuel Prices The Way They Are We Need More Cars Like This. :-)
DaGuv18 Jan 2011
VAG have been doing this for years starting with the fabia vrs!
Chris7118 Jan 2011
This is interesting. The original Cooper D was a spectacularly 'complete' car IMHO - genuine driver appeal and reasonable pace for what it was, combined with small car frugality and big car refinement. Haven't driven the facelifted one but I presume it's every bit as good, so a hotter version could be fantastic.