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by Matt Brogan

Following reports late last year that BMW are constructing a new ultra-efficient three-cylidner engine, comes news today that the German manufacturer could feature the frugal powerplant in its next-generation MINI models.

As fuel consumption standards become more stringent, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer confirmed his brand is indeed readying its first ever three-cylinder engine, and although specification or fuel economy figures have yet to be confirmed, BMW has hinted that despite the engine’s reduced capacity, we’re not likely to see any drop off in performance, the new MINI Cooper model to deliver at least 89kW.

That means the MINI Cooper S model should pack around the same 134kW power rating.

It is rumoured the new three-cylinder engine will be of approximately 1.3-litres in capacity and will score direct injection and a small variable geometry turbocharger. In a car such as  the MINI Cooper, rough estimates put the engine’s combined cycle fuel economy figure at 4.7L/100km.




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