Mini has announced a diesel version of the Cooper S for the first time. Badged Cooper SD, the new variant is available in every Mini body style in the range.
Powered by a 2.0-litre turbodiesel provided by parent company BMW, the Mini Cooper SD has the largest engine capacity of any car in Mini’s history.
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Mini Cooper SD: the first diesel Cooper S
The Mini Cooper SD is the first Mini diesel to carry the famous Cooper S badge – so how does it live up to this reputation?
Well, for starters the 2.0-litre turbocharged unit produces 141bhp. That’s nearly 28% more than the Cooper D and almost 60% beyond what the regular One D can manage with their current 1.6-litre BMW turbodiesel engines. It’s also packing 225lb ft of torque (pulling power) – which is more than any other Mini, including the 181bhp petrol-powered Cooper S.
As a result the regular Mini Hatch version sprints to 62mph in just 8.1 seconds and achieves a top speed of 134mph, while returning a claimed 65.7mpg and emitting 114g/km CO2.
Powerful and efficient
The Cooper SD is also available as Mini Clubman, Convertible and Countryman.
Even the ALL4 all-wheel drive version of the latter, by far the heaviest and least efficient vehicle in the Mini range, manages 57.6mpg, 130g/km CO2, 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds and 121mph.
These results are helped by a full compliment of ‘MINIMALISM’ fuel saving technologies, including start-stop, brake energy regeneration, gearshift indicator, electric power steering and demand-based use of components like the alternator.
Mini has also fitted a ‘super light’ six-speed manual gearbox, helping to compensate for the added weight of the 2.0-litre lump under the bonnet. A six-speed automatic is optional.
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Cooper S looks for the Cooper SD
In terms of appearance, the Cooper SD is much the same as the Cooper S – including the bigger front bumper, bonnet scoop, roof spoiler and twin centre-exit exhaust. The side-indicators include an SD badge.
Prices start at £18,750 for the Cooper SD Hatch – £740 more than the petrol version. Most expensive is the Countryman ALL4 SD at £23,190.
The Mini Cooper SD goes on sale in March 2011.
Mini: special editions and Sport Pack
In other Mini news, the brand has also announced a pair of special editions and a Sport Pack.
Mini Clubman Hampton
All Mini special editions from March 2011 onwards will be named after London boroughs, districts and landmarks.
The first is the Mini Clubman Hampton – as in Hampton Court. Finished in unique Reef Blue Metallic with a black roof and door surrounds this includes a bespoke Lounge Leather interior with Damson Red detailing inside and out.
The Chili pack is fitted as standard, so you get climate control, Bluetooth, a USB socket, additional lighting and storage, and a sports steering wheel. 17-inch alloys, Bi-Xenon headlamps and special badging are also fitted. Prices start at £20,360.
Mini Pimlico and Sport Pack
Then there’s the new Mini Pimilico – a special edition of the Hatch. This includes Lazer Blue metallic paint, 16-inch alloys, Piano Black interior trim, white indicators and Pimlico badging, and is priced from £14,465.
Finally, the new Mini Sport Pack is available on all versions of the Hatch and Convertible. This comprises a more aggressive exterior appearance, John Cooper Works interior detailing, Piano Black trim, white indicators, bonnet stripes and a Sport button.
This controls the actions of the Dynamic Traction Control and Electronic Differential Lock Control, both of which aim to boost the Mini’s handling and responses. 17-inch John Cooper Works alloy wheels are the finishing touch. Prices range between £2,150 and £3,245 – depending on model.
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