Company sources confirm current 1.6-litre engine is to be replaced by a new 2.0-litre direct injection powerplant in Mini's peformance models
2 July 2014

The next generation of Mini John Cooper Works models will adopt a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine developing “around 230bhp”, sources close to the BMW-owned company have revealed.

The new engine is planned to replace the existing turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder direct injection unit, which produces 215bhp in the recently launched Mini John Cooper Works Paceman.

The new 2.0-litre engine earmarked for future John Cooper Works models is one in a number of variants of in BMW’s newly unveiled B48 engine family.

In standard form, the aluminium block unit delivers 189bhp in the Mini Cooper S hatchback. In a higher state of tune, it is planned to provide upcoming John Cooper Works versions of the new Mini hatchback and five-door – due to be unveiled at the 2015 Detroit motor show – with 231bhp and 258lb ft of torque.

This represents a 16bhp and 52lb ft increase on the old 1.6-litre engine, promising to provide future John Cooper Works models with added performance potential.

As in the Cooper S hatchback, the new 2.0-litre engines will be mated to either a new six-speed manual or updated six-speed automatic gearbox.

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2 July 2014

Estate agents will never be late again!

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

2 July 2014

Why don't they use the 1.5 3 cylinder engine out of the BMW i8 ?

2 July 2014
KenF wrote:

Why don't they use the 1.5 3 cylinder engine out of the BMW i8 ?

That engine's used in the Cooper.

jer

2 July 2014

Turned around right?

2 July 2014

Its more highly tuned in the i8. 134bhp in the cooper & 231bhp in the i8. I'm sure it would weigh less than the proposed 2.0 4 cylinder engine.

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