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MINI Countryman Cooper S Diesel spied

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0800

The MINI Countryman Cooper S Diesel

The prospect of a more powerful diesel for MINI has been around for a while. In fact it’s almost exactly a year since we brought you a spy photo of the MINI Cooper S Diesel which we reckoned would sport somewhere around 140bhp and a useful wodge of torque.

Fast forward to August this year and we heard that MINI were taking the MINI Cooper S Diesel to the Paris Motor Show. Which made perfect sense a year on from when we first discovered a more powerful diesel was in the offing. But MINI’s big deal at the Paris sjow this year wasn’t an oil-burner but the Prodrive MINI Countryman WRC Rally car.

Still, the more¬†powerful¬†diesel is obviously getting close as we now see a MINI Countryman Cooper S Diesel – or Cooper SD, as it’s badged – caught floating around the Fatherland, complete with twin exhausts, although not the bonnet vent we’ve seen on the regular MINI Cooper SD.

So when are we likely to get the MINI Copper SD, seemingly in every guise from regular hatch to Countryman? Hard to say. We were wrong on Paris and it seems unlikely that MINI would launch a diesel in the US, so that rules Detroit out in January.

Best bet is probably Geneva in the Spring.

By Cars UK