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Irvine MINI Confirms, Wards Names MINIís Prince Turbo To Its Top 10 Engines

The 2011 Model Upgrades to the Prince Engine Brought Adjustments to the Power Band Which Helped Launch it Onto the Top 10 List


September 20, 2011 Ė Irvine, Calif. Ė Irvine MINI is proud to confirm that MINIís Prince Turbo engine as been added to Wards Top 10 Engines list.

The 2011 model year upgrades to the Prince engine brought adjustments to the power band and solved some issues MINI owners found with their R56s, so itís little surprise that Wards has named the updated Prince to its Top Ten list of engines for 2011.

ďMINI is always striving to make improvements and the latest technical advancements with the engine have paid off immensely.† It is a great honor to have MINIís hard work recognized,Ē said Darren Richie, General Manager.

The latest version of MINIís turbocharged Prince engine features variable valve timing, direct injection and a tall torque plateau that starts early and pulls the Cooper S forward with plenty of gusto. It even does heavier duty under the bonnet of the Countryman. BMW upped output by adding direct injection and double VANOS (variable valve timing) to the naturally aspirated 4-cyl., plus Valvetronic and a new twin-scroll turbocharger to the S version. That gives base-engine drivers 121 hp and 114 lb.-ft. (155 Nm) of torque and moves S owners up to 181 hp and 177 lb.-ft. (240 Nm), with the same 192 lb.-ft. (260-Nm) overboost feature. Manual-transmission coupe ratings now are 29/37 mpg (8.1-6.4 L/100 km) and 27/35 mpg (8.7-6.7 L/100 km), respectively.

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