Mini Releases Gas Powertrain Details

Customers not attracted by BEVs offered gas-powered Mini Cooper C and Mini Cooper S.

Paul Myles, European Editor

February 7, 2024

2 Min Read
Mini Cooper S ICE
Traditionalists to be offered ICE powered Mini Cooper S.

BMW finally releases powertrain details of its internal-combustion-engine options for the '24 Mini that will start rolling out of its Oxford plant in the U.K. this month.

Following on from the battery-electric vehicle details published last September, the German automaker’s gasoline options include either a 3- or 4-cyl. configuration. So far, the automaker has not said what the engine sizes are but they are both thought to be 1.5L.

BMW says the offering is part of its “Power of Choice” strategy to meet the needs of consumers less interested in a BEV product. Stefanie Wurst, head of Mini, says, “The car is ideal for all those people who want to drive a classic Mini 3-door and appreciate the traditional performance and characteristic sound of a combustion engine.”

Top performer is the Mini Cooper S claiming a power output of 204 hp from its 4-cyl. with a maximum torque of 221 lb-ft. (300 Nm) and claiming a 0-to-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint time 6.6 seconds. Claimed combined fuel consumption of 35.1 mpg (6.7 L/100 km) and combined CO2 emissions of 150 g/km according to WLTP testing.

The 3-cyl. of the Mini Cooper C claims 156 hp and delivers maximum torque of 169 lb-ft. (230 Nm) with a 0-to-62 mph sprint time of 7.7 seconds. Its claimed combined fuel consumption is 36.2 mpg (6.5 L/100 km) with combined CO2 emissions of 146 g/km according to WLTP.

Four levels of trims include Essential, Classic, Favored and John Cooper Works. Depending on the trim, the new Mini Cooper C and Mini Cooper S are available with different body paint finishes and interior trims. Body colors can be combined with one of four roof colors. An exclusive option in conjunction with the Favored Trim package is the Spray-Tech design of the distinctive multitone roof. This features a three-color gradient. New, aerodynamically optimized designs are available for the 16-in. to 18-in. aluminum rims.

About the Author(s)

Paul Myles

European Editor, Informa Group

Paul Myles is an award-winning journalist based in Europe covering all aspects of the automotive industry. He has a wealth of experience in the field working at specialist, national and international levels.

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