Cooper SD gets more powerful 2.0-litre BMW engine and is good for 65.7mpg
2 February 2011

Mini has confirmed the most powerful diesel model in its line-up to date: the Cooper SD.

Due for launch in the spring, after a public debut at the Geneva motor show, the Cooper SD features a 2.0-litre, common-rail turbodiesel powerplant producing 141bhp and a hefty 225lb ft between 1750rpm and 2700rpm. That’s more than 30lb ft up on the John Cooper Works performance models.

See the official pics of the new Mini Cooper SD

The unit — built on the same architecture as the Mini’s 1.6-litre oil-burner — has an all-aluminium crank case and a variable-geometry turbocharger. The SD spec also includes stop-start, brake energy regeneration and electric power steering in a bid to boost efficiency. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

The set-up will also come on the Clubman, Countryman and Convertible. In the three-door it delivers 0-62mph in 8.1sec and is good for 134mph, but also 65.7mpg and 114g/km of CO2. The Clubman and Convertible hit 62mph in 8.6sec and 8.7sec respectively, and return 64.2mpg and 62.8mpg.

Read more on the recent changes to the Mini range

The Countryman SD will be offered in two and four-wheel drive forms. The front-drive variant is 0.1sec quicker to 62mph than the All4 version, at 9.3sec, and is more economical, at 61.4mpg versus 57.6mpg.

The exterior of the SD models sticks closely to that of the Cooper S, including a larger front air intake and a bonnet scoop. There’s also a roof spoiler on all variants but the Convertible.

Mini plans to offer a six-speed automatic gearbox as an option on the SD, and it will also use that transmission on regular D models. In an unusual move, though, the D autos will use the 2.0-litre motor, detuned to match the power and torque of the 1.6.

See all the latest Mini reviews, news and video

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Ford Mustang
    First Drive
    24 March 2018
    Sixth-generation Mustang gets a leaner face, revised suspension, improved safety equipment and a more power V8. We see how it fares on southern French roads
  • First Drive
    23 March 2018
    Fully-loaded, big-hitting diesel CLS shows the potential perils of ticking too many options boxes on your order form. A good car with a bad suspension combination.
  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim