BMW (parent company to MINI) is developing a new 2.0L four-cylinder engine named the N20 which may eventually find its way to MINI’s John Cooper Works models, according to reports from Motoringfile.
The N20 is lighter and more fuel-efficient than comparably powered six-cylinder engines, making it a sensible choice for a broad range of BMW models. At 240hp and 258 ft lbs of torque, the N20 will not be outmatched by the size and weight of a 5-Series, and will thrill those finding it in a 1-Series. But enough about BMW…will this new engine find itself in a MINI?
Motoringfile seems to think so. According to their sources, BMW may eventually develop an N20 variant design to fit MINI’s new front-wheel drive UKL platform. It’s fun to imagine how MINI could choose to use this engine. Presumably, the N20 would be used for JCW models, though we would love to see a version available in the heavier Countryman S. It will be interesting to see if engine tuning can further increase the N20’s power output.
We love out MINIs, but an extra 50-100hp would really sweeten the deal.
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