BMW Plans Hotter Diesel Minis

Despite the small engine bay, BMW have somehow managed to squeeze the 2.0-litre diesel engine from the 1-series into the MINI Cooper. The four-cylinder engine is designed to be fitted longitudinally in the 1-Series while the MINI requires a transverse installation, but BMW engineers have overcome the complexities and got the engine into place. So what does this mean for hot hatch fans?

2007 Mini Cooper D

The current MINI Cooper D offers 110bhp from it’s turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, a unit that was designed in partnership with PSA (the Peugeot Citroen group). In this Cooper D form the little MINI offers most of the handling prowess of the petrol version despite the heavier engine up front. Performance is a modest 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds and top speed of 121mph while returning an official average of 72mpg.

Now imagine what the performance would be like with the BMW unit. Although the 1-series offers buy lexapro walmart 177bhp it is believed that the first of the hotter diesel Minis would offer 150bhp, but BMW say that they would be able to fit the twin-turbo 123d unit (yes, the one with 204bhp) under the bonnet. In the 1-Series the 123d gives 0-62mph in just 6.9 seconds yet is capable of around 54mpg, so in the smaller and lighter MINI we could end up with a stonkingly quick and very entertaining hot hatch that’s really cheap to run. If the 123d version gets the go-ahead it would very likely be badged up as a John Cooper Works edition.

BMW are planning to put the car into a pilot production phase in May, followed by full production next year. The new diesel Coopers should be unveiled at the next Geneva Motor Show in March.

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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