MotoringFile has just returned from a F56 product briefing wherein MINI revealed some key facts about the highly anticipated F56. But before we go into detail about the big picture technology under the hood, we thought we’d talk about some of the more long-awaited details first.
– Cooper: 134 bhp (up from 121)
– Cooper S: 189 bhp (up from 184)
– Cooper: 162 ft lb (a 30% increase, up from 114)
– Cooper S: 207 ft lb (up from 191)
These final numbers aren’t a surprise, as MotoringFile reported these predicted numbers last spring. Considering an all-new engine platform in cahoots with BMW, there’s nothing shocking here in the power department. What is rather impressive is the torque figure for the Cooper. In short, the Cooper is going to feel a lot more powerful. At 162 lb-ft, the F56 Cooper will make the same torque output as the venerated R53. Look for 0-60 times to decrease significantly since torque is now so high and available at only 1,250 rpm. Look for a significant difference in real world, usable power.
Our sources were just plain wrong on this topic. Or more likely, ahead by a few years (more on that later). MINI is keeping the six speed Aisin automatic in both the Cooper and Cooper S, which came as quite a shock when we learned these details. Yet with some mechanical tweaks and a complete rethink of software, we’re expecting it to be a much more impressive piece of kit. According to MINI, the F56 automatic will be faster than the manual 0-60 when equipped with the optional Sport Automatic ($250) and Launch Control. Operated by pull/pull paddles (rather than the confounding push/pull arrangement in the current MINI, the new automatic MINI promises to be most engaging two pedal ever version of the car ever.
The manual is also a carry-over for the most part. Mechanically it’s been slightly tweaked but remains a six-speed unit. However the big news (and very welcome) is that it will now automatically match revs on downshifts. The technology was first seen in the Nissan 370z and has since made its way to the manual BMW M5 and M6 (and the forthcoming M3/M4). It’s worth noting that this technology is nowhere to be found in BMW’s line-up outside those M cars. Well, M cars, and now the new MINI.
For a more detailed view on the new engines and transmissions, head over to our full report.