Mini gives the John Cooper Works cars a new engine
Throughout the Mini range every model has a faster, more hardcore member of the family sitting at the top – the John Cooper Works. Well now Mini has given the JCW a new engine promising better fuel economy and reduced emissions.
This covers the full Mini range which is quite extensive - there's the choice of the Mini Hatchback, Mini Clubman, Mini Countryman, Mini Convertible, Mini Coupe and Mini Roadster.
The turbocharged 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine has same the output and torque as the old engine, but thanks to new technological developments has reduced fuel consumption and emissions. In order to get these improved figures, the engine features an aluminium block, reinforced pistons and a low-weight crankshaft. There's also sodium-filled exhaust valves, an engine start/stop system and brake energy regeneration.
In the JCW Countryman, it produces 212 bhp and 207 lb/ft of torque. In the rest of the line-up, the engine develops a maximum output of 206 bhp and 207 lb/ft of torque. For the first time all the JCW models are now also available with a six speed automatic gearbox.
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