Application Guide to Find the Best Turbo Solution for your MINI


Whether you are looking for an upgrade in performance, or you have a failed turbocharger that needs replacing, this application guide will help you find the 'right' turbo for you.

This page was created to help you understand the different types of turbos (Replacement, Upgrades and Performance) as well as to help you find the turbo that fits your MINI.

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Turbos for Your MINI

The MINI Cooper S Turbos listed in this application guide are compatible with the following Gen2 Rxx MINI Cooper S models:Mini Cooper Turbo Charger

  • 2007-2013 R56 MINI Cooper S Hardtop.
  • 2008-2014 R55 MINI Cooper S Clubman.
  • 2009-2015 R57 MINI Cooper S Convertible. 
  • 2012-2015 R58 MINI Cooper S Coupe.
  • 2012-2015 R59 MINI Cooper S Roadster.
  • 2011-2016 R60 MINI Cooper S Countryman.
  • 2013-2016 R61 MINI Cooper S Paceman.

Things To Consider When Purchasing A New Turbo

When you decide that you need a new turbo,  you will need to consider:
  • Replacement or Upgrade?
  • My budget?
  • Street, track or both?
  • Quick spool (street friendly - minimal lag) vs. Max power (more power & more lag)
  • Is it C.A.R.B. certified (for California customers) **


** For California customers, only the factory original OEM replacement (and Borg Warner OEM replacement) will legally pass the California Emissions tests.  None of the turbo upgrade's are CARB certified.

 
NOTES: 


When Replacing the Turbo After a Failure

  1. There are many precautions that need to be taken - especially if you are replacing a failed turbo
    1. Read the product pages carefully - they contain a lot of important information.
  2. 2. Select turbos based on the engine type in your MINI Cooper S. 
  3. 3. Production dates and corresponding engine types for JCW models are different from Cooper and Cooper S models. 
  4. 4. Refurbished Units are completely overhauled including replacement of all internal wearable items such as Turbine Shaft Bearings and Steel Thrust Plates. After the rebuild all internal components are triple balanced which is one step better then the manufacturer's dual balance process. 

  5. Here is a video showing an example of a failed turbo (not MINI but the same type of failure).  More specifically, a failed bearing which could have been caused by oil supply issues or back pressure from a clogged catalytic converter. 




If You Drive A MINI JCW

For those who drives a MINI JCW, select the Turbo to match your engine type.

JCW MODELS
YEAR ENGINE TYPE
  2008-2012.5  N14 ENGINE
2013-2015 N18 ENGINE

MINI COOPER TURBO APPLICATION GUIDE

The chart below shows which part numbers are appropriate for certain model years.  For more details on each MINI Cooper S Turbo, click on the part number link and visit the product page.  

Replacement Turbos

TYPE  YEAR  BORG WARNER
OEM REPLACEMENT
MINI FACTORY
REPLACEMENT
REFURBISHED UNITS * UPGRADE
  N14 ENGINE    N18 ENGINE    N14 ENGINE    N18 ENGINE    N14 ENGINE    N18 ENGINE 
   COOPER S       2007-2010 G2NME2203E G2NME2200   G2NME2824R      
2011-2016   G2NME2203   G2NME2841R    
   JCW   2008-2012.5    G2NME2201    G2NME2800R   G2NME2800  
2013-2016     G2NME2202   G2NME2843R    G2NME2826

*  Refurbished units are lower cost alternatives to new units. These units have been rebuilt to original specifications.


Quick Spool Turbo Upgrades

TYPE  YEAR  UPGRADE UPGRADE - PORTED **
NEW   REFURBISHED    N14 ENGINE    N18 ENGINE 
   K03 SUPER 42 
Best Seller!
 2007-2010 G2NME2801    G2NME2801R G2NME2811   
   2011-2016 

**  To learn about the benefits of PORTED Tubochargers, see the article Mini Cooper Turbo Porting Service.


Performance Turbos - High Flow / High Power 

TYPE  YEAR  UPGRADE UPGRADE - PORTED **
NEW REFURBISHED   N14 ENGINE    N18 ENGINE 
   K04 GT DOMINATOR   2007-2010 G2NME2807    G2NME2807R G2NME2817  
 2011-2016

**  To learn about the benefits of PORTED Tubochargers, see the article Mini Cooper Turbo Porting Service.

NOTE: Some states (like California) have ever tightening requirements for emissions testing and inspections. Always check your current local regulations on compliance for street use.


Other Articles of Interest

For Turbo related replacement hardware, see our Mini Cooper Turbo Installation Hardware Application Guide.
See our Mini Cooper Performance Parts, an Upgrade Guide for your Mini for other upgrade options.

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