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Old 01-17-2011, 09:09 AM   #1
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We’ve reported that a Cooper SD was coming in the Spring of 2011 for quite some time, now we have semi-official proof. We’ve received word from an inside source that MINI will debut the Cooper SD in Geneva. Expect a web debut a little earlier sometime in Febuary.
Powered by a 2.0L 143 hp BMW turbo diesel, the new line will include the hatch, convertible, Clubman, Countryman and Countryman All4. We don’t have specific torque numbers (225 ft-lbs is rumored), but we’re told it’s the most torque to ever make it into a production MINI. Here’s the kicker: the Cooper SD will reportedly earn an impressive 65 mpg (on the EU cycle)!
Aside from the “SD” badge, there won’t be any exterior bodywork changes to differentiate the SD from its petrol-sipping Cooper S siblings, so think of it as torque incognito. Debuting in Geneva, the car will go on sale in March…in Europe and the UK. Due to EPA regulations it’s very doubtful we’ll ever see this car on US soil. But don’t worry, fans of efficient power in the US will soon have more options from MINI to choose from.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:27 PM   #2
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Damn, this would be a FUN car.
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:39 PM   #3
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I think that they should highlight the turbo on the diesel, maybe adding a tD to the S badge.
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:58 PM   #4
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doesn't the S already mean it has a turbo?
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:58 PM   #5
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This will be so much better than the other Coopers.
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:04 PM   #6
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the mini will finally get the MPGs it should have had all along, but they're still too expensive for what they are.
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:07 AM   #7
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They're priced great for what they are.

I'd have to seriously consider a diesel MCS if they ever make it to the US.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:30 AM   #8
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They're priced great for what they are.

I'd have to seriously consider a diesel MCS if they ever make it to the US.
This too..

Peugeot’s eye-catching RCZ coupe embodies the legendary notion of Parisian-chic.
Combine a frugal diesel engine, captivating looks and genuine sports performance, and both the head and the heart can be satisfied.
INTERIOR | RATING: 4/5

  • Quality: Although mostly transplanted from the 308 hatch, the Nabuck imitation leather-swathed dash carries a premium feel.

    Metallic and chrome highlights throughout the cabin enhance the feeling of quality.
  • Comfort: Electrically adjustable front seats offer a good range of adjustment. Side bolsters can start to feel tight for some travellers on longer journeys.

    Rear seats are purely for small children or luggage with tight leg, head and shoulder room.
  • Equipment: Cruise control with speed-limiter, six-speaker stereo with CD, USB, auxiliary and Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate, rain and light sensors, front and rear parking sensors and 18 inch alloy wheels (19 inch optional).
  • Storage: Cabin storage space is at a premium (not a lot of room to spare). The console and glovebox are tight, although door pockets are generous.

    The 384 litre boot is huge for a coupe though and expands to 760 litres with the rear seat folded.
ON THE ROAD | RATING: 3.5/5

  • Driveability: Although shared across the Peugeot range, the RCZ’s 2.0 litre diesel engine is thoroughly modern and responsive.

    With eager low-down torque, it can slingshot the RCZ around a mountain road. It doesn’t have the appealing rorty sound of the petrol model though.
  • Refinement: Although slightly agricultural at idle, the RCZ is well insulated against noise with only poor quality bitumen upsetting the interior ambience.
  • Suspension: The MacPherson strut front end and rear torsion bar system is tuned for a firm ride. The handling is super but the trade-off is that pot holes can jar and poor city streets can become noticeably uncomfortable.
  • Braking: Disc brakes feature all-round with 340mm vented front rotors and 290mm solid rears. Their operation is perhaps a little over-responsive at slow speeds but provide plenty of power for hard stops.
SAFETY

  • ANCAP rating: The RCZ has not yet been tested by ANCAP.
  • Safety features: Electronic Stability Program including CDS stability control, ABS, Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Traction Control and Hill Assist.
Two front-airbags and two side-airbags, along with four three-point seatbelts with force limiters and seatbelt alarms.
SERVICING

  • Warranty: three-year / 100,000km warranty. Diesel particulate filter is included under warranty, and must be changed at 160,000km.
  • Service costs: Service intervals are every 12 months or 20,000km. Minor services are priced at $475, major services at $761.
HOW IT COMPARES | VALUE FOR MONEY RATING: 4/5

  • Audi TT 2.0 TDI quattro ($69,350) - Compared often in terms of style, and offering a closely matched engine, the TT TDI offers additional equipment, standard all-wheel-drive and a more impressive interior. The $13,860 price disadvantage however may see the TT crossed off some shopping lists.
  • BMW 123d ($57,900) - BMW’s smallest coupe offers the most powerful engine amongst this company, it also offers an automatic transmission option (at extra cost) with the diesel. The look isn’t quite as head-turning, but the BMW is superior on-road. (see 1 Series reviews)

    Note: prices are Manufacturer's List Price and do not include on-road costs.
TMR VERDICT | OVERALL RATING: 4/5

We don’t all agree (here at TMR) on the firm sports suspension - best to try it on for size yourself if considering purchasing the RCZ as a daily driver. The RCZ’s bold statement in style however is pretty irresistible.
For value, the RCZ has the TT TDI beaten and offers a more alluring image than BMW’s more traditional 123d. The RCZ is worthy of consideration; just not at the top of the list.


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Old 01-18-2011, 11:39 AM   #9
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I think that they should highlight the turbo on the diesel, maybe adding a tD to the S badge.


I see what you did there.

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doesn't the S already mean it has a turbo?


you, unfortunately, did not see what he did there.
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:31 PM   #10
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I'd buy it. It would make much more sense than "insert your favorite hybrid/electric car here" , assuming that diesel price will not hit $5 any soon.
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:44 PM   #11
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I'd buy it. It would make much more sense than "insert your favorite hybrid/electric car here" , assuming that diesel price will not hit $5 any soon.
Even for ~$28k+?
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:14 PM   #12
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I see what you did there.





you, unfortunately, did not see what he did there.
thank you. I thought my sad attempt at a joke would fall on deaf eyes.
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:25 AM   #13
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you, unfortunately, did not see what he did there.
eh, i be 'tarded. i get it now.
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:11 AM   #14
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eh, i be 'tarded. i get it now.
Don't feel bad.. I completely missed it until samagon posted.

Funnier on a site filled with Sexually Transmitted Infection owners.
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:53 AM   #15
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Even for ~$28k+?
if it costs the same as the Jetta TDI, then I'd buy it.
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:56 AM   #16
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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.

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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.
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Wow, had to do a triple take on the 65.7 mpg...
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Ah, nvm... we are talking UK mpg.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:37 AM   #19
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I wonder if they will change the gear ratios to match the new power range
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:56 AM   #21
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That little mini death trap should have some awesome torque steer.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:37 PM   #22
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I know the Model name...."The Mini Cooper Std"
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It amazes me how a vehicle can get 65mpg (EU), run on basically anything combustible, and not pass EPA regulations. There is something very wrong with the current system.

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It amazes me how a vehicle can get 65mpg (EU), run on basically anything combustible, and not pass EPA regulations. There is something very wrong with the current system.

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MPG isn't related to smog-forming emissions. It is possible for diesels to pass muster under EPA regs--see TDI, BlueMotion, all those trucks, and even the BMW _d series. It's just that BMW hasn't seen fit to certify/modify their small diesel in the Mini.
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MPG isn't related to smog-forming emissions. It is possible for diesels to pass muster under EPA regs--see TDI, BlueMotion, all those trucks, and even the BMW _d series. It's just that BMW hasn't seen fit to certify/modify their small diesel in the Mini.

Trucks aren't subject to the same emissions requirements...
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