SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The big improvement in the tiny Mini Cooper and Cooper S is under the hood. Hardtop versions of the second-generation cars go on sale in the U.S. Feb. 17 with a new 1.6L DOHC inline 4-cyl. that generates 118 hp and 114 lb.-ft. (155 Nm) of torque at 4,250 rpm in the Mini Cooper. The performance Cooper S’s direct-injection 1.6L I-4 has a twin-scroll turbocharger and cranks out 172 hp and 177 lb.-ft. (240 Nm) of torque essentially in a straight line from 1,600-5,000 rpm. ...

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