New MINI JCW Engine to Get Improved MPG, Automatic Transmission Option

The John Cooper Works (JCW) MINI lineup will all get a revised 1.6-liter engine based on its predecessor with performance numbers being the same at 208-hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.

While that may be disappointing to some, the changes to the engine will undoubtedly bring better fuel economy despite no loss in performance. JCW employed the use of a new high-strength cylinder-head assembly mated with a low-weight camshaft and combined it with variable valve control based on BMW‘s Valvetronic system.

No official fuel economy figures have been announced just yet, but we’re willing to bet we’ll see some slight improvements compared to the previous hatch and coupe’s figures of 25-mpg city and 33-mpg highway.

JCW also added a six-speed automatic transmission option to its lineup, opening the doors for more potential consumers for its fun-filled MINI models. The automatic will come with a tiptronic mode, allowing drivers to change gears through paddles or the shifter.

[Source: Car and Driver]

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