More Stories After the way some of the European press disparaged the all-new Mini Cooper’s naturally aspirated "Pentagon" 1.6L SOHC I-4 – the spawn of the now-controversial joint venture between DaimlerChrysler AG and BMW AG (Mini’s owner) – we didn’t expect much from the supercharged variant. These days, there are all sorts of 4-cyl. engines making 160 hp without the help of a supercharger. Yow, were we wrong. Whatever the supposed deficiencies of the naturally aspirated ...

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