• Nov 25, 2009
Mini Cooper and Clubman S Diesel - Click above for high-res image gallery

Spy shooters posted outside Mini's testing facility in Germany snagged a duo of prototypes heading out for testing, but something seemed amiss. Both models -- a standard Cooper and a mildly camo'd Clubman -- sported the tell-tale exterior elements found on the S versions, specifically a central-mounted dual exhaust on the Cooper and the twin-tips and hood scoop on the Clubman. However, the exhaust note was decidedly diesel, causing us to wonder: Is Mini working on hotted-up S versions of its oil-burners?

If they are -- and we're not convinced either way -- then a Cooper S and Clubman S diesel would need to benefit from more than a few design tweaks and an uprated suspension. Considering that the standard Mini D puts out around 90 horsepower and the Cooper D boasts another 20 bhp, then these S-ified models could be packing upwards of 140 to 150 hp and, more importantly, over 200 lb.-ft. of torque from their 1.6-liter turbodiesels. If they do make it to dealers, we'd expect them to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with sales beginning in Europe late next year.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      "Considering that the standard Mini D puts out around 90 horsepower and the Cooper D boasts another 20 bhp, then these S-ified models could be packing upwards of 140 to 150 hp and, more importantly, over 200 lb.-ft. of torque from their 1.6-liter turbodiesels."

      Why?
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is no more "Standard Mini D". When the Mini got revised the 1.4l 90hp Toyota Yaris diesels were dropped in favor of 109hp Peugeot units. The 1.6l just received a minor upgrade, so 120 to 125hp should be available soon in standard Cooper livery.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Standard Mini diesel does like 65 to 75 mile per gallon, wish they would bring it to the states, it would kill the prius.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would be VERY interested in buying a small diesel car for daily driver.

        That said.. this thing getting 65-70mpg and killing a prius is completely wrong!

        Someone with 2 kids and a luggage don't want to SQUEEZE into a mini cooper.

        Also the Euro rating system makes mileage 20% higher (just look at the Prius numbers in Europe). The rating system favors the higher gearing and coasting. (Most driving over there is done in Suburban type areas where you frequently travel for 30 minutes at 45mph and NO stoplights/traffic)! Trust me I've been throughout Europe 5-6 times.

        If it says 70mpg once it gets here figure on about 45mpg rating with a real world average of about 52mpg. (Gallons over there are larger, and rating system is higher, as well as Emissions requirements over here are tougher) as well as Diesel being more expensive here than overseas.

        If I could get a diesel Mini Cooper for like 22k nicely equipped with like 130hp and 50mpg I would most likely purchase it.

        But as it stands, you can get a MUCH larger Prius with cheaper fuel for 22k ($25k with a few options). Costco Auto buying program even takes $1500 off MSRP without even haggling a price. Go into Costco buy a $50 membership and then call their 800 number. Buy the car you want at $1500 off msrp.
      • 5 Years Ago
      UGHHHHHHH
        • 5 Years Ago
        If they would quit screwing around and put 2.0L turbodiesels in they'd sell like hotcakes in the States.

        In the meantime, I'm looking at an A3 TDI.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a waste of $35K....
      • 5 Years Ago
      "If they are -- and we're not convinced either way "

      Why wouldn't you be? VW's now putting sport suspension on the diesel golf, and the GTDs been out for a bit. It's not like their competitors aren't producing "s" versions of their diesel hatches, and simply revising a diesel hatch for better handling et-al is a lot less expensive than conjuring up new models. Sounds like a convincing idea any way you slice it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good. The More Diesels over here the better. We need to get over this hybrid kick and start bring more Diesels over here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why the surprise? The One D was originally conceived as a sister model to the Cooper, with performance somewhere between the One and the Cooper. An "S" model would make perfect sense, because there's no real room for a standard Cooper D. It would have to be a Cooper D "S". Well, it's not my job to think about these things...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this is a bigger engine, like the 2.0 diesel VW engine some of us want, may be outside of US-only (urea needed).

      And what the ?

      Just saw two post deleted that noted an error in the title. Big deal, we all fail in grammar on occasion, but deleting inoffensive posts that note the error and then not marking the entry as "edited at xx time"?

      This coming from a blog that railed on the Crosstour Facebook comments that were deleted?
        • 5 Years Ago
        >> This coming from a blog that railed on the Crosstour Facebook comments that were deleted?

        Well said. AB likes to believe it can go on dissing its readers without hurting the brand. It's a strategy that doesn't work in any other industry, and I'm willing to bet it won't here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OH NOES! THEY DELETED COMMENTS FROM POOFREADERS!!!

        Big whoop.

        The only people that would get their panties in a bunch about that are the ones that feel smug about their red pens.

        And anyways, it's spelled MINI not Mini.

        :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      this thing looks like it has for the last 5 or 10 longish years that tooth ache of a ugly mini has been disgracing any guy who drives one....AB dont post stories about cars that has changed when one can see any real changes ...I rather drive a hummer then a mini
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are such a dimwit. You would rather drive a Hummer than a MINI because you have no taste, and you're an idiot.

        Furthermore, you'd rather drive a Hummer than a MINI because you've never spent any time driving a MINI (and you have a small penis more than likely).

        I rented a Hummer once (not MY idea!) and it was an ergonomic disaster. What a stupid, stupid excuse for a car! I wouldn't take one for free!! I'm dead serious ... and I'm a proud MINI owner, I should add.

        The MINI is better in every conceivable way than a Hummer, unless weighing a 1/4 ton is suddenly an advantage in a car.
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