MINI Launches the Cooper SD in Europe and the UK

A few days ago we told you about MINI USA’s plans to release a Clubman diesel in late 2016/early 2017. Today we get an early peak at what will likely be a variation of the engine used. The Cooper SD is the fastest and most powerful diesel ever offered in a MINI. With 170hp and a healthy 266 ft lbs of torque, the new 2.0L diesel should sprint to 60 mph in under seven seconds while returning 59 MPG US (4.0 to 4.1 litres per 100 kilometers). Will we see that kind of efficiency with the Clubman? It’s much too early to tell but we’d expect MINI to aim for something over 50 MPG.

Read on for the full details on the new Cooper SD and the MINI One First that was also launched today.


Official Release: The new MINI remains on course for growth. After its successful market launch, the engine range for the new original in the small car premium segment continues to expand as of July 2014. In future, the selection will include the new MINI Cooper SD as the most powerful diesel variant and the new entry-level petrol engine model MINI One First. Both newcomers offer an impressively favourable balance between driving fun and fuel consumption. In total there are now seven power units available for the model produced at the British MINI plant in Oxford, including four petrol and three diesel engines – all of which were completely newly developed.


The new engine generation with three or four cylinders and MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology creates the basis for a clear boost in terms of both agility and efficiency in the new version of the MINI. This is also demonstrated in the latest additions to the model program. The engine in the new MINI Cooper SD is the most powerful diesel ever in a vehicle of the MINI brand. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine generates a peak output of 125 kW/170 hp, putting its maximum torque of 360 Newton metres on stream at 1 500 rpm. Its MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology has a turbocharging system with variable turbine geometry and common rail injection with magnet valve injectors operating at a maximum pressure of 2 000 bar. This combination enables both highly spontaneous power delivery as well as a precisely controlled fuel supply.

Thanks to the pulling power of the new diesel engine, the MINI Cooper SD completes the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. The optionally available 6-speed Steptronic transmission enables an acceleration figure of 7.2 seconds. This sporty temperament is combined with an average fuel consumption of 4.0 to 4.1 litres per 100 kilometres in each case, with CO2 emissions of 106 to 110 grams per kilometre (automatic: 104 to 108 g/km, EU test cycle figures, dependent on tyre format selected).

In the new MINI One First, too, cutting-edge engine technology ensures hallmark brand driving fun is combined with exemplary efficiency. The MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology in its 3-cylinder petrol engine comprises turbocharging, petrol direct injection and variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS). In this way, an output of 55 kW/75 hp is mobilised from a capacity of 1.2 litres. The entry-level variant among the petrol engines also offers spontaneous power delivery, with a maximum torque of 150 Newton metres going on stream at 1 400 rpm. The new MINI One First reaches the 100 km/h mark from standing in 12.8 seconds. Its average fuel consumption is 5.0 to 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres, while the relevant CO2 emissions rating is between 117 and 122 grams per kilometre (figures based on EU test cycle, dependent on selected tyre format).

  • Chilly

    So, tell me again, why can’t we get this Hardtop SD in the States – especially if they’re planning to offer it in the new Clubman? Thanks.

    • socoloco


      Hell, I dunno.

  • yetti96

    I would even give up a few more MPG for a few more hp and torque…please this would be awesome to have here in the US.

  • James Hawthorne

    It will NOT do 0-60 in under 6-seconds. Try about 7secs

    • Clearly a typo.

    • Mark H

      They also clearly said 60 miles per gallon in 6 seconds, which could be correct. “should sprint to 60 mpg” 😉

  • lawrothegreat

    This will be good when it’s mated to the new ZF transmission. I think that some performance diesels can be a pain when in manual guise, i.e. it can feel like you’re constantly changing gear to remain within the torque band. The performance of the Cooper SD is likely to match that of latest Golf GTD, which is very nearly as quick as the F56 Cooper S. The F56 handles torque steer much better than the R56, so the SD should handle the torque quite well.

    • James Hawthorne

      Too had they haven’t doctored the nose.

  • BudD

    I want one!

  • Nick Dawson

    The second stage of the Euro 6 emissions rules will increase the price of diesel engines to the point that they could be killed off in all but more expensive cars, according to Dacia CEO Nicolas Maure. European car makers are working on the next generation of super-frugal petrol engines in anticipation of a big shift away from diesel.

    In the meantime, I am intrigued with the 1.2 triple petrol engine in the MINI One First. We know that the new generation BMW/MINI engines are of a modular design, all sharing a common bore and piston size, and cylinder capacity of 500 cc. The 1.2 triple, however, has a unique bore size, and it is most unlikely that BMW would go to the expense of machining a unique engine block for what will be a relatively low volume model. The 1.2 must surely be a bought in engine, modified by BMW.

    • r.burns

      No it is from the same basis, the “500 cc per cylinder” concept suffers exceptions

      • Nick Dawson

        I would be most interested in seeing the evidence in support of that 🙂

  • DuaneW

    Dear MINI, please send the hardtop SD to the U.S. I’m ready to buy one!

  • LawAndOrder

    Did anyone else see the Autocar and Automobile Magazine acceleration tests? Autocar quotes a 6.9sec 0-60. Not 0-62, but 60. That’s slower than any test I’ve seen of the last S hardtop. Although they claim it’s faster, no tests I’ve seen have shown that to be true.