MINI adds revised engine, optional auto trans to 2013 JCW lineup

The revised engine makes the same power as the outgoing unit but uses less fuel.

BMW-owned MINI has announced that its entire performance-oriented John Cooper Works lineup will adopt a revised 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for the 2013 model year.

The modifications carried out to the engine include fitting a lightweight camshaft and adding a variable valve control system that is derived from BMW's Valvetronic technology.

The updated 1.6-liter is rated at 208 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, though that last figure can go up to 207 lb-ft thanks to a temporary overboost function.

These performance figures are roughly on par with those of the current 1.6-liter. The big news is that the mill will reportedly burn less fuel to obtain them.

MINI has not released its projected fuel economy ratings for the United States but The EPA is expected to test the new engine in the not-too-distant future.

2013 also marks the introduction of an optional six-speed automatic gearbox. It is the first automatic ever offered in a regular-production John Cooper Works-badged car and it can be fitted to every member of the lineup.

The gearbox features a manual mode that lets the driver shift gears with paddles mounted behind the steering wheel or by using the gear lever.

The first MINIs equipped with the revised 1.6-liter are scheduled to hit showrooms around the globe next July.