Single pipe. One pack. Solo stove. Whatever you want to call it MINI is doing something very different with the exhaust of the MINI Cooper S and JCW models for last generation of internal combustion cars. The move has been seen on testing prototypes and now our sources are confirming the design change.
The car pictured above and below is a F67 JCW convertible however we’ve seen the single exhaust on both the F66 Cooper S and JCW test mules over the last year. At first it was rather crude and appeared to be temporary. However as the test mules have progressed, we’ve seen clear signs production intent design elements.
In the exclusive image below you can see the single exhaust pipe and even some final production trim. Note the stainless steel sleeve on the outlet, the transversely mounted exhaust and even the aluminum shield underneath it. Look even closer and you’ll see the production version of the single LED reverse light just above the exhaust tip which (one could imagine) would look somewhat integrated with the cutout of the pipe.
Why a single exhaust pipe? Let’s start with the exhaust itself. One thing that most don’t know is that the MINI Cooper S and JCW have had a single muffler system since the R56. The fact that two outlets came out the back has primarily been for aesthetics.
In fact there have been more than a few MINI race cars over the years that have gone with the exhaust single pipe design. Why? When asked they consistently have told us it’s both more power efficient and lighter. So in other words exactly what you want in both race cars and modern performance cars.
Why wouldn’t MINI have always had a single exhaust? It comes down to marketing and the very simple concept; two exhaust pipes means more power than one in the eyes of the car buying public. In fact you’ll see this on display later this year when the quad-exhaust JCW Countryman debuts.
With MINI aggressively moving into electrification we also wonder if downplaying the exhaust in the smaller MINIs is almost a purposeful design decision as well? It would actually have some historical precedent as European automakers actually hid exhaust outlets on many of its V8 models in the late 90s and early 00s due to concerns of looking too aggressive. The larger, most luxurious Audis, Mercedes and BMWs all did this at one point or another. This hidden exhaust is something we’ve also seen on recent F66 MINI Cooper prototypes as well and may see for production.
Single exhaust pipe or not, the next generation F66 MINI Cooper is coming very soon. Heavily based on the F56, the F66 generation will see the same engines (albeit only 2.0L four cylinders) and most of the same mechanicals. However there will be a move to restyle the car closer to the J01 electric MINI Cooper and add that cars radically new circular display and interior layout.
Most models will receive a notable power increase with the exception of the Euro Countryman JCW and the F66 JCW. Also note that the US will not be getting the Countryman C and will only receive the S and JCW.
|The New MINI Countryman Family||Drivetrain||Pricing||Start of Production|
|U25 MINI Countryman C (1)||167 HP (Petrol)||39.900€||11/2023|
|U25 MINI Countryman D (1)||TBA||42.900€||11/2023|
|U25 MINI Countryman S ALL4||214 HP (Petrol)||45.900€||11/2023|
|U25 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4||312 hp (2)||56.500€||03/2024|
|The New MINI Cooper Family||Drivetrain||Pricing||Start of Production|
|F66 MINI Cooper||155 HP (Petrol)||TBD||07/2024|
|F66 MINI Cooper S||200 HP (Petrol)||TBD||07/2024|
|F66 MINI Cooper JCW||231 HP (Petrol)||TBD||11/2024|
|F65 MINI Cooper 5 Door||ICE (Petrol)||TBD||07/2024|
|F65 MINI Cooper S 5 Door||200 HP (Petrol)||TBD||07/2024|
|F67 MINI Cooper Convertible||ICE (Petrol)||TBD||11/2024 (est)|
|F67 MINI Cooper S Convertible||200 HP (Petrol)||TBD||11/2024 (est)|
|F67 MINI Cooper JCW Convertible||231 HP (Petrol)||TBD||03/2025 (est)|
For more coverage of the new generation MINI, check out the following articles and videos.
MINI Cooper EV: Premier | MINI Cooper EV: Hands-On Review | MINI Cooper EV: Video Review
MINI Countryman EV: Premier | MINI Countryman EV: Hands-On Review | MINI Countryman EV: Video Review
New MINI Family: 1st Look Video | MINI Circular Display & MINI OS9 Hands-On Review