Wednesday, February 2, 2011

MINI confirms diesel hot hatch

MINI Cooper SD will get 141bhp - covering the 0-62mph spring in 8.1 seconds and yet returning impressive 66mpg fuel economy figures

MINI Cooper SD front

Hot hatch performance and 66mpg � that�s what MINI�s first diesel pocket rocket promises.

The new Cooper SD will be available as a hatch, Clubman, Countryman and Convertible. Our main picture shows it in special-edition Clubman Hampton guise, but all variants will be powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel delivering 141bhp. 

That�s 31bhp more than the current top-spec diesel, the Cooper D. Torque output also increases from 270Nm to 305Nm. As a result, the Cooper SD hatch covers 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds � the same as VW�s Golf GTD. It claims 65.7mpg economy and emits 114g/km of CO2, meaning �30-a-year road tax.

A six-speed manual box is standard, with buyers able to specify a six-speed auto, which will also be offered on the Cooper D. Prices have yet to be revealed, but the Cooper SD is expected to start at around �18,000 for the three-door at launch in the spring.

The Clubman Hampton arrives at the same time, and comes in Cooper S and Cooper D trims, too. It gets Reef Blue metallic paint, a leather sports steering wheel and foglamps.

Bosses have also announced a John Cooper Works Tuning Kit for manual Cooper S cars made since last March. This hikes power by 16bhp to 184bhp, and adds a sportier exhaust note, plus 18-inch alloys.

A new John Cooper Works pack is offered as a factory-fit option on new versions of the hatch and Convertible, too. It doesn�t boost power, but brings a bodykit and upgraded traction control. Prices for both JCW upgrades have yet to be revealed.
MINI Cooper SD rear
MINI Clubman Hampton special edition front
MINI Clubman SD
MINI Clubman Hampton special edition interior
MINI Clubman Hampton special edition

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