Recently we heard that MINI was likely to develop a John Cooper Works version of its high-mileage MINI D. AutoCar is now reporting that the car is likely to eschew the Peugeot-sourced engine from the standard model in favor of one of BMW's own engines. The 2.0-liter diesel found in the BMW 120d could find its way under the hood of the JCW MINI D with 177 hp. According to AutoCar, MINI engineers have managed to install the normally longitudinally mounted engine into the transverse engine bay of the MINI. When the MINI launches, the engine is likely to be rated at 150 hp but it could eventually get the full 204 hp found in the 123d. In our reviews, the current MINI D averaged 47 mpg and the 123d got 37 mpg. A 2.0-liter MINI D should be able to get mid-40s without difficulty. The latter BMW gets to 60 mph in about 6.7 seconds, a number that the considerably lighter MINI should easily match. Pilot production of the hi-po MINI D should start in May with full production kicking in about this time next year.
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