MINI Confirms 3-Cylinder Engines for 2014 Models

It's been a while since we saw the first spyshots of the upcoming Mk3 MINI Cooper and from the first moment we speculated that the new family will be based on the UKL platform and bring forth a new engine family.
2014 MINI Cooper Engine 1 photo
Photo: MINI
We're talking, of course, about the B38 engine family, the one that uses 3 cylinders and 1.5-liter displacements to power up new cars. The first automobile in the BMW Group to use this engine is the i8 whilst MINI will follow shortly.

The British company just confirmed two new engine families for the 2014 Cooper. Apart from the B38 units a new, 2-liter TwinTurbo engine will also show up in the line-up.

The 1.5-liter will use all the brand new technology available at BMW. That includes turbocharging, direct fuel injection, variable camshaft control on the intake and outlet sides (otherwise known as Dual VANOS) and even VALVETRONIC in the most powerful engines.

As for power output, at the moment MINI confirmed just one rating, 136 HP and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) going up to 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) of torque with the over boost function. And then, there are the new 2-liter options.

The 2-liter engines will have new technology too, being the first time the MINI received petrol engines with such displacement. The only 2-liter unit that was confirmed will have 192 HP and 280 Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque, going up to 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) with overboost, an engine we're guessing will go on the Cooper S models.

All the new models will be EU6 compliant and rich with innovative technology such as countershafts to enhance operation smoothness, aluminum crankshafts in closed-deck configurations, weight optimized pistons and so on.
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