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Mini Cooper SD high-performance diesel

Cooper S diesel has a 2.0-litre engine

Mini Cooper SD

The new Mini Cooper SD is a diesel version of the Cooper S

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.

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Mini Cooper SD

The Mini Cooper SD has a 2.0-litre diesel engine – the biggest to feature in any Mini 

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.

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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

New Mini special editions to be named after London boroughs, districts and landmarks

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.

Read our review of the Mini Clubman

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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