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Motoring Authority, a MINI enthusiast site, reports that the next-generation MINI is going to be down a cylinder, but not down any power. Consider it the marvels of modern engineering. The scoop is that the new MINI is still expected to receive in the neighborhood of 120 horsepower for the base Cooper model and 180 horsepower for the sportier Cooper S model. Some of you are going to ask, “How did they do that?” I have two words for you—Direct Injection.
Bottom line—direct injection seems to be the way of the future for gasoline and diesel powered cars (the latter having the technology the longest). The net result is a three-cylinder MINI that is expected to be good for a ballpark fuel efficiency number of 50 mpg on the highway. Now that is something you can take to the pump.