Just a few months after the market launch of the new MINI family and the MINI Countryman, the start of 2011 has brought another wave of driving fun and individuality in the premium brand's hallmark style. The MINI Cooper SD, due for launch in spring 2011, will be the most powerful diesel variant yet in the MINI line-up. The new 2.0-litre engine developing 105 kW/143 hp - available for the MINI, MINI Clubman, MINI Convertible and MINI Countryman - will drum up even more power yet burn extremely small amounts of fuel.
The new MINI Cooper SD slots into the range above the MINI One D with 66 kW/90 hp and MINI Cooper D developing 82 kW/112 hp as the most powerful diesel MINI. Its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel unit produces maximum output of 105 kW/143 hp at 4,000 rpm. A stand-out characteristic of the new diesel is its mighty pulling power, which remains on tap even under heavy loads; maximum torque of 305 Newton metres (225 lb-ft) is available between 1,750 and 2,700 rpm. Add this to the excellent balance between output and fuel consumption familiar from the other models in the MINI family plus extraordinary power development for a four-cylinder engine, and the MINI Cooper SD has all the tools the sporty driver could ever need.
The new MINI Cooper SD is fitted as standard with an extensive range of MINIMALISM technology. In addition to the engine's efficiency, features such as Brake Energy Regeneration, the Auto Start/Stop function, Shift Point Display, Electric Power Steering and the need-based operation of ancillary components help to produce outstanding fuel economy for this output class.
The 2.0-litre powerplant demonstrates its sporting credentials in the MINI Cooper SD with acceleration of 0 to 62 mph in 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 134 mph. This outstanding level of efficiency is reflected in average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 65.7 mpg imp and CO2 emissions of 114 grams per kilometre. The new MINI Cooper SD Clubman reaches 62 mph from a standstill in 8.6 seconds and also has a top speed of 134 mph. The average fuel economy of the MINI Cooper SD Clubman is 64.2 mpg imp, while CO2 emissions stand at 115 g/km. The MINI Cooper SD Convertible, meanwhile, highlights its sporting potential with a 0 to 62 mph time of 8.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 130 mph. Its extra dose of driving fun combines with average fuel consumption of 62.8 mpg imp and CO2 emissions of 118g/km.
In the MINI Countryman this extra-sporty diesel engine teams up with either front-wheel drive or the all-wheel-drive system MINI ALL4. The MINI Cooper SD Countryman sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 9.3 seconds, the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 in 9.4 seconds, on the way to top speeds of 123 and 121 mph respectively. The front-wheel-drive MINI Cooper SD Countryman has fuel economy of 4.6 litres per 100 km, the all-wheel-drive variant achieves 4.9 litres per 100 km. CO2 emissions are 122 and 130 grams per kilometre respectively.
The models fitted with the new diesel powerplant come 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 ready-to-drive weight of 98.7 lb makes this the lightest gearbox of its kind. Added to which, it sets a new benchmark in the MINI segment with its short shift travel and impressively precise action. A six-speed automatic gearbox will also be available from launch as an option. Its exceptionally short shift times and direct "target gear" finding capability on downshifts also allow the automatic to enhance the sporting character of the MINI Cooper SD.
|SD Model||Top Speed||0-62 mph||Consumption||Emissions||OTR Price|
|Hatch||134 mph||8.1 secs||65.7 mpg||114 grams||£18,750|
|Clubman||134 mph||8.6 secs||64.2 mpg||115 grams||£19,790|
|Convertible||130 mph||8.7 secs||62.8 mpg||118 grams||£21,130|
|Countryman||123 mph||9.3 secs||61.4 mpg||122 grams||£21,970|
|Countryman ALL4||121 mph||9.4 secs||57.6 mpg||130 grams||£23,190|