Valvetronic: more power... less
consumption and emissions.
9 November 2006.
In its home market, the new Mini
Cooper price starts from £12,995 (on-the-road
price), featuring a brand-new 1.6-litre four-cylinder
petrol engine, designed by BMW and assembled at BMW
Group’s Hams Hall engine plant near Coleshill in the
Power has been increased by five hp
to 120 hp, whilst torque is up by 10 Nm to 160Nm (118
lb/ft). With the introduction of state-of-the-art
engine technology based on the BMW Group’s
Valvetronic system, both fuel consumption and
emissions are reduced.
set of 16 chrome-plated trim rings for
the air vents, cupholders and
instruments gives the interior a more
This Valvetronic valve management
system adjusts intake valve lift and opening times
within fractions of a second to meet the immediate
power and performance requirements of the driver. The
big advantage is that it replaces the conventional
throttle butterfly on “normal” engines to
translate any movement of the throttle pedal directly
into engine speed. Intake valve lift is varied
infinitely between 0.2 and 9.5 millimetres, the switch
between these maximum and minimum distances taking
just 300 milliseconds. In addition to variable control
of valve lift on the intake, valve timing is also
controlled on the outlet stroke. This enhances the
torque curve to deliver high torque at low engine
speeds and high power at high speeds.
centre console: more space in the
Top speed is 126 mph (202 km/h), 0
– 62 mph (0-100 km/h) is achieved in 9.1 seconds and
50 – 75 mph (80-120 km/h) is dispatched in a
9.4 seconds in fourth gear, with a combined (EU test
cycle) consumption of 48.7 mpg (Imperial mpg, or 5.8
litres / 100 km and 40.58 US mpg), better than the
previous Mini Cooper engine by 19 per cent (was 41 UK
mpg, 34.16 US mpg, 6.89 litres / 100 km).
Emissions rating drops from 166 to
139 g/km, allowing the new Cooper to join the VED Band
C category for UK road tax.
A new six-speed manual gearbox for
Mini Cooper retains the short-shifting pattern of the
outgoing car, but adds more refinement and contributes
to more miles to the gallon.
A six-speed automatic will be
available as an option from next month, with a new
motor sport-inspired paddleshift system.
Standard safety specifications (all
specifications refer to the UK market) include
anti-lock brake system (ABS), central locking
(automatic at 10mph), corner braking control (CBC),
crash sensor, disc brakes all round (vented at front),
electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Mini
mobility system (to fix the tyre at the point of the
puncture, instead of having a spare tyre), passenger
airbag deactivation, tyre defect indicator, driver and
front passenger smart airbags, driver and front
passenger side airbags (in the sides of the front
seats), curtain head airbags (protect all four
occupants) and three-point safety belts with
highlights flow from the lower
sections of the dashboard to the door
linings where they are combined with
the materials on the trim.
Outside, the Mini Cooper standard
specifications include15” light alloy wheels (5-Star
Spooler), a 6-speed manual gearbox, automatic rear
wash wiper, chrome-plated door handles, electric door
mirrors, heated rear window, front and rear bumpers in
body colour, white or black contrast roof and door
mirrors, roof spoiler in roof colour, chrome-plated
grille, chrome-plated tailgate handle, third brake
light, tinted glass and black side air inlets with
integrated orange indicator.
Inside standard specifications
offer the 50 / 50 split folding rear seats, CD changer
preparation, Aux. In connection (3.5mm plug), Cup
holders front and rear, digital clock, easy entry
function, start/stop button, electric front windows,
electric power assisted steering (EPAS), height
adjustable driver’s seat, height- and
length-adjustable steering column, alarm (Thatcham
CAT1), ISOFIX child seat attachment on rear seats,
radio boost with single CD, remote central locking and
a rev counter with outside temperature display.
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