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Mini to add performance diesels

2011-01-17 07:29

JUST ADD ‘S’: Mini’s planning a new line of performance turbodiesel models, to be marketed as more fuel efficient alternatives to the current JCW cars.

Mini is to add high performance turbodiesel engines across its range of bodystyles with a new range of SD derivatives.

Set to debut at the Geneva auto show in March, these new Mini SDs are expected to draw power from either a 1.6- or 2-litre turbodiesel engine, producing an estimated 107kW and 305Nm.

With 305Nm on tap, the new SD Minis will have even more torque than the current JCW Minis on overboost, in fact, these SD Minis will the torquiest production cars in the brand's history.

Contrasting the Mini SD nameplate’s performance billing should be trifling fuel consumption with projected combined cycle figures as low as 4.3l/100km.

These high performance Mini oil-burners are expected to feature a similar suite of boy-racer styling bits as the current JCW cars.

Considering the popularity of turbodiesel cars in Europe, Mini's move to offer a high performance range of oil burners is hardly surprising.



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