• Jan 16, 2011
The expansion of the Mini family marches forward relentlessly, but while the range typically grows with more bodystyles, the latest addition stands to transcend configurations with a new engine.

Although it likely won't be offered Stateside, rumor has it that Mini is preparing to launch a new high-performance diesel engine at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. The cars fitted with it are reportedly set to carry the SD designation (combining the S from the top-spec gasoline engine with the D from the existing diesel).

Details have yet to be announced, but reports indicate it could be a 2.0-liter turbodiesel with 143 horsepower and as much as 225 lb-ft of torque. That torque number would emphatically surpass the torque figures produced by any of the existing Mini engines – even the JCW on overboost.

[Source: MotoringFile]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      A) the USA will not get this car
      B) I bet they use a 1.8 in europe and not the 2.0... and b/c the 118 and 120d are longitudinal motors, I bet they have a different motor in mind for the FWD Cooper...

      • 3 Years Ago
      Torque. What a divisive subject.

      You can bolt a transmission on the back of an engine and double the torque, just select a 2:1 ratio.

      You can't bolt anything onto the back of an engine (short of a supercharger) that'll double the horsepower.

      But all this is academic. It doesn't feel the same to gear a high revving engine, as just feeling that broad shoulder of torque from a big cube or blown-on engine.

      I drove Mack trucks in the '70's. They had a sort of agricultural philosophy of engineering. They talked about "torque rise". Do you know what torque rise is? It's the drop-off of torque from peak torque rpm to peak horsepower rpm!

      It didn't make any sense to me then, but as I get older, I appreciate that broad shoulder of torque you fall back on as you shift to the next gear.
        • 3 Years Ago
        With 154HP it sure won't be slow, but I wouldn't expect "S" type performance.

        For mpg, this surely won't top the regular "D", so I don't get what all the excitement is about.
        • 3 Years Ago
        slowcarfast is right, the torque you feel is the effective torque at the wheels, which can be changed by any number of factors including gearing and wheel/tire size. The only reason a small displacement high rpm engine feels different is because its power production is peaky and if it has variable timing (both ignition or valve) then it may have a power production curve with multiple peaks and dead spots as can turbos which may take time to spool up then have more sudden bursts of hp. Fortunately manufacturers have done a lot to overcome this. remember while engine HP is just a simple function of torque at a given rpm which itself boils down to combustion efficiency at a given rpm. I wonder if the diesel will get different transmissions then the gas version? Hopefully it will.
        • 3 Years Ago
        What an ignorant response. The manufacturers' measurements are taken from the flywheel for a reason.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes, nice torque but honestly, the extra 40+ HP missing from the Cooper S will be felt far more. I'd beat on my Cooper S and still get 30-31 MPGs. This thing will probably get better mileage but will the performance be on par? Doubtful.
      • 3 Years Ago

      It would make sense to transfer over parent BMW's 20d engine. It develops more power at around 180bhp and still returns a class leading MPG.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is supposedly a detuned version of the BMW 2.0 oil burner...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Noticeably less power and torque than the golf gtd? Well at least BMW is consistent about keeping expectations low and profits high. First a four door mini that's slower to sixty than a prius and now this?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Except the mini cooper is 300lbs lighter than a golf. FWIW the NA market Golf TDI has 140 hp and 236 lbs/ft of torque.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My 2008 Alfa Romeo Mito's 1.6 JTDm (that's Diesel) produces 120 hp and 236 lb-ft. While this is good news for the Mini, it ain't particularly impressive.
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW are pumping out a lot of great product at the moment: They are to release a gas 2 Litre 4 cylinder 240hp at 5000rpm , 258lbs ft of torque at 1250rpm!!!

      http://www.carsales.com.au/news/2011/prestige-and-luxury/bmw/bmws-new-fourcylinder-to-replace-classic-six-23270
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think its very interesting to see mini's new product line.. I would love to see them release the Mini E.. I swear now every time i see a yellow mini i hope its an E!.... anyway check out my auto sketches: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_czTvdT-yalQ/TTO5RYTVLTI/AAAAAAAAAEM/e-UEAJiNWeM/s1600/PATEGI+Multiplex+and+EV+Roadster+Concept.jpg
      Carlos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring it here already! I would kill to have a small car that handles well with a diesel! Mini is such a tease!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Go drive the golf. Sport suspension standard an small by American standards.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I'll be interested as long as the keep out the darn torque steer!!
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