For model year 2010, MINI is expanding its range of petrol engines by offering more power and torque while reducing both emissions and fuel consumption. In addition to the new power units, the renowned brand is also presenting a richer variety of custom options for its line-up including new unique Rainbow color.

Replacing the "old" 1.4-litre engine, the new and refined 1.6-litre power unit will be fitted to all First, One, Cooper and Cooper S models in the Hatch, Convertible and Clubman ranges. Thanks to this change, all MINI petrol-engined models will conform to European EU5 emissions standards or ULEV 11 in the USA.

MINI First, the brand's entry level now boasts a new 1.6-litre four cylinder engine that delivers 75 horsepower. With this extra capacity, the small vehicle is capable to produce max torque of 140 Nm.  As a result fuel consumption in the EU cycle is 52.3 mpg and CO2 emissions 127 g/km.  Top speed of MINI First is 109 mph while the 0-62 mph acceleration takes 13.2 seconds.

Equipped with the new engine, the next entry level – MINI One – gets increase in both power (by three per cent to 98 horsepower) and torque (by nine per cent to 153 Nm at 3,000 rpm). The efficiency values achieved through the new unit estimates consumption of 52.3 mpg on the combined cycle while emissions fall to 127 g/km. The MINI One accelerates from standstill to 62 mph for 10.5 seconds flat, before reaching a V-max of 116 mph.

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The MINI One Clubman benefits from the same powertrain enhancements and offers 0-62 mph in 11.1 seconds and a top speed of 115 mph. EU cycle fuel consumption falls to 51.4 mpg (combined cycle) and emissions to just 129 g/km.

For 2010, the recently launched MINI One Convertible shares the new 1.6-litre VALVETRONIC engine of its Hatch and Clubman cousins, and delivers the same 98 horsepower and 153 Nm of torque. Priced at just £ 15,000, the new cabrio accelerates from 0-62 mph in 11.3 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 112 mph. Despite this it returns fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions to a new level in the convertible market, topping 49.6 mpg (combined cycle) and 133 g/km respectively.

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The top-of-the-line 2010 MINI Cooper S also offers new surprises, for the first time, the S-titled compact car packs a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct petrol injection and fully variable valve control. The result is the most efficient hot hatch in its class:  the 1.6-litre unit reaches a peak power of 184 horsepower while peak torque is 240 Nm, delivered from as low as 1,600 rpm through to 5,000 rpm. The Cooper S Hatch covers the classic sprint from 0 to 62 mph in exactly 7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 142 mph. It delivers improved EU cycle fuel consumption of 48.7 mpg (combined cycle) lower by 3.1 mpg, while CO2 emissions are now 13 g/km lower at 136 g/km. Both Cooper S variants Clubman and Convertible estimate almost the same values with the new engine.

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The top-selling MINI, the mighty Cooper, also benefits from the new engine enhancements.  A power hike to 122horsepower (+3 hp) and peak torque of 160 Nm at 4,250 rpm help the Hatch to achieve 62 mph in 9.1 seconds and a top speed of 127 mph.  Sharing all the new engine features of the Cooper S except the turbocharger, the Cooper delivers 52.3 mpg (combined cycle) and  emits only 127 g/km of CO2.