Mini to sell 60mpg Cooper

For you Mike (fuck, we have too many Mini topics on this blog…):

Set to hit the European market later this year, the MINI Cooper One D promise hybrid-like fuel mileage without the added cost and weight associated with a hybrid system. Joining the MINI One as one of the marque’s most modestly priced models, the diesel-powered MINI One D promises to return the equivalent of 60 mpg.

While most of that fuel sipping can be attributed to the car’s BMW-sourced 90 horsepower diesel engine, MINI engineers also include a few other bits of green tech. The One D will employ a regenerative braking system to help recoup some energy for accessory power and a start-stop system will ensure no fuel is wasted while the vehicle is at a stop.

Performance is also decent for a green machine with the sprint from 0-60 taking 11.5 seconds – not too far off from current hybrids. And, thanks to the MINI badge, the One D should feel right at home on the twisty bits.

There are no current plans to bring the MINI One D to the States, but with U.S. diesel sales starting to take off, and Americanized version might not be too far off.

Via LLN

Probably a bit too expensive for an econobox, but a tad sportier than the lot as well.

-Dave out

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One thought on “Mini to sell 60mpg Cooper

  1. I appreciate the green nod.

    One thing I keep thinking about when I hear of diesel is that there is much more energy in a gallon of diesel than there is in a gallon of gasoline. And that difference heavily skews the comparisons.

    In other words, if a gas car and a diesel car had the exact same efficiency, the diesel will still get more miles per gallon because there is simply more energy in a gallon of diesel. So what does “60 mpg” really mean?

    I’d rather see units like joules used per mile or fuel cost per mile rather than strictly mpg when making comparisons between gas and diesel.

    I think when people see 60 mpg they assume diesel cars are more energy efficient than gas hybrids when in fact the perceived efficiency difference might just be the result of the different energy densities of the fuels.

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