G this evening was different. A car premiere without a business card bazaar, without a press conference, at which the standard equipment up to the designation of hub caps or upholstery fabrics was presented with great seriousness, and - actually - without a PowerPoint presentation.
Mini Cooper D with barely recognizable facelift
Yesterday evening there were gummy bears and a car key - the one for the Mini Cooper D. Which offered itself, because apart from the new engine, facelift is a big word for what has happened to the Mini. Here are the changes that no one except connoisseurs will notice: nine millimeters longer front apron with better pedestrian protection. For this, all models now have the slightly higher domed Cooper S hood, with the air intake being reserved for turbo gasoline engines. Then there is adaptive headlights (only with bi-xenon), modified side indicators, new rear lights with LED light arcs and a different rear apron.
New mini diesel engine from BMW
All of them awake? Well, then let's get the interior behind us: changed climate controls, finer materials, better workmanship, new infotainment system with iPhone connection. Now for the more important, the turbodiesel: The 1.6-liter PSA diesel replaces a BMW-owned engine of the same size, which is based on the famous two-liter common rail diesel and has been adapted for transverse installation. The engineers changed the bore and stroke in such a way that the ratio was the same as with the two-liter machine and thus a shorter-stroke design and greater freedom of rotation than with the PSA machine. Unlike them, the new engine complies with the Euro 5 emissions standard, but maintains the same level of performance: As One, it comes unchanged with 90 hp, the Mini Cooper D gains two to 112 hp.
Mini Cooper D quickly revs up
In contrast, the standard consumption drops to 3.8 L /100 km each and thus below the 100 g CO2 mark, despite the more consumption-intensive Euro 5 decrease /km. So, another gummy bear on the way, key in and off. Research-grumpy in tone, the Mini Cooper D sets off homogeneously, without turbo-lag-then-turbo-boom theatrics and hurries to the traffic light, although it was parked for a longer time. With more effective insulation, the machine keeps its heat better, is gentle on start-up and gets up to temperature more quickly. The Mini Cooper D had long since reached it when it turned onto the autobahn. Despite the longer final drive, it also pulls into the upper oneGears of the precisely switchable six-speed box advance elastically, only above 160 km /h does the temperament ebb away in the driving report.
Great driving pleasure in the Mini Cooper D
Which doesn't hurt because the wind then surges around the body. This reduces driving comfort like the well-known tight suspension setup. The night is dark, wet and foggy, it would only be 30 km to home. If it weren't for the descent to your favorite route. The Mini Cooper D curves through the forest up the Alb like only a Mini can - with seamless, precise reaction to steering impulses, finely balanced cornering behavior and handling that makes you dizzy. The diesel pulls and turns with force and best manners. While the diesel was the most economical but not the best mini-engine so far, this has also changed since yesterday evening.