If journalists have one criticism of the new Mini it’s this: the Pentagon engine isn’t a match for the rest of the otherwise brilliant baby. In reworking the Brazilian-sourced engine to suit the Mini, not even BMW’s engineers have been able to transform the Chrysler-designed 1.6L I-4 into a unit of intrinsic, responsive smoothness. They swapped the cog-belt cam shaft drive for a typically-BMW chain and insisted on using a Siemens engine management system, but the fact remains that this, a ...

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