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28Mini wants to make JCW its BMW M, bring diesel models Stateside

As far as the Mini lineup goes, the John Cooper Works models sit at the very top of the performance spectrum. But that's not enough for Mini's (relatively) new chief Kay Segler. The German auto exec came to the post from the M division of parent company BMW, and that's what Segler wants for the Mini brand as well.

AddReport: Mini to extensively rework BMW's upcoming three-cylinder for tight confines

2011 Mini family – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddSpy shots: Higher performance MINI diesels spotted testing

MINI is apparently not satisfied with the performance levels of its high mileage MINI D so it's working on something a bit more spritely. The current MINI D is not especially quick right off the line, with a 0-60 time of around 10 seconds from its 108 hp 1.6-liter engine but it does accelerate rapidly once underway. To speed things up a bit, the boffins at MINI HQ have been squirreled away in their garage fitting the 2.0-liter diesel from parent company BMW into the iconic small car.

20REPORT: No R56-based Mini diesels are bound for U.S.

2008 Mini Cooper D - Click above for high-res image gallery

AddREPORT: No R56-based Mini diesels bound for U.S.

2008 Mini Cooper D - Click above for high-res image gallery

AddMINI Cooper D could arrive in America sooner than we thought

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