TURIN — In reworking the Brazilian-sourced engine to suit the Mini, not even BMW AG’s engineers have been able to transform the DaimlerChrysler Group’s designed 1.6L 4-cyl. into a unit of intrinsic, responsive smoothness. They swapped the cog-belt camshaft drive for a typically BMW chain and insisted on using a Siemens engine management system. But the fact remains that this, a comparatively cheap engine to build, is way below BMW’s standards. The Germans understand the engine’s ...

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