If you still doubt the amazing efficiency that can be extracted from the modern diesel, then read on, as the MINI Cooper D is coming to Australia and it?s staking out some big claims;
- 3.9-litres per 100 km
- Australia?s cleanest car: 104 g/km CO2
- 240Nm of torque with 260Nm available during 'overboost'
- Fastest accelerating diesel in its capacity class in Australia
Sounds like the best of all worlds.
MINI claims that when the Cooper D arrives in Australia it will ?reset the emissions benchmark for a sporting passenger car?. And the story doesn?t stop there.
MINI also claims that the Cooper D ?produces fewer CO2 emissions than hybrid cars on sale in Australia, yet provides very perky performance from its 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder engine?.
The MINI Cooper D achieves these amazingly frugal figures with the assistance of a number of MINIMALISM features (MINI?s version of BMW EfficientDynamics), including an Auto Start-Stop function, that switches the engine off when the Cooper D is stationary, to conserve fuel.
The Cooper D?s MINIMALISM arsenal also includes Brake Energy Regeneration, (previously only available on the BMW M3), and a Shift Point Display that prompts the driver to make upshifts at the most economical time.
The MINI Cooper D also employs a streamlined underbody aerodynamic panel to reduce drag, and on-demand functioning ancillaries, such as Electric Power Assisted Steering, a switchable water pump, and volume-flow regulated oil pump.
The frugal 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbo-charged diesel features common rail direct injection (operating at 1,600 bar) and a turbocharger that uses variable turbine geometry to produce 80kW and a robust 240Nm of torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,000 rpm, 70 percent of which is available at just 1,250 rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a six-speed auto available as an option.
In the spirit of the MINI Cooper S engines, the lightweight (123.5 kg) MINI Cooper D engine also offers a torque 'overboost' feature, which momentarily increases the available torque from 240Nm to 260Nm, when the accelerator is fully depressed.
The Cooper D?s diesel multiple-injection system and optimised combustion chambers ensure that combustion turbulence is reduced and a smooth and consistent combustion process is maintained. This extremely precise fuel injection process minimises both fuel consumption and emissions from the start, with the help of a Euro 4 compliant exhaust particulates filter.
Not content with being amazingly frugal and clean, MINI says that the Cooper D, ?is the fastest accelerating 1.6-litre diesel powered car in the class in Australia? and that it is capable of travelling from Sydney to Melbourne on a 40 litre tank of fuel.
You?ll be able to pick the MINI Cooper D Hardtop on the street as it sports a more muscular curve to the power dome on the bonnet to accommodate larger induction plumbing-work and features a large intake below the bumper, required to feed air to the heat exchanger. There is also a unique patterned grille that is bisected by a slim, body-coloured bar.
As with all MINI models, MINI Cooper D customers will be able to order their car just how they like it, with a large choice of interior and exterior trim and colour options. The full range of MINI factory and dealer-fit accessories will also be available.
Full specification and pricing information will be announced closer to launch in 2009.