It was exclusively revealed by Auto Express that John Cooper Works intends to bring into its hot hatch both greater economy and efficiency by replacing its turbo gasoline engine for a diesel unit.
The famous English firm revealed its new Mini Convertible at last week's Geneva Motor Show. It will complete the gasoline-powered performance range when it joins the lineup this July.
This is just the beginning of JCW's plans. The JCW diesel will remain faithful to its performance car tradition although it would be using the engine of the Cooper D.
The 1.6-liter engine currently generates 110 hp and 240Nm and the hot variant would come with an excess of 160 hp and a considerably boosted torque.
Although JCW would not confirm an oil-burning variant for the JCW brand, they think it would be a cool idea. With the project still in the planning stage, no oil-burner will appear this year though.
Simultaneously the tuning arm of MINI is prepping up for the arrival of the company's most current crossover SUV.
JCW's heads are keeping a tight lid on whether a compact 4x4 will be produced from a JCW variant. There's a probability that there will be one briefly after the model comes out in 2010. [source autoexpress]