MINI is expanding its EV portfolio. Recently, there was news of a MINI prototype circling the Nürburgring. It turns out that MINI is testing a prototype of its first all-electric high-performance John Cooper Works hot hatch after the launch of its Cooper SE EV last year.
“With MINI Electric, we show how the typical driving pleasure of the brand and electric mobility can be combined,” said Bernd Körber, Director of the MINI brand. “Now, it’s time to translate the passion for John Cooper Works brand performance into electromobility.”
The MINI is no stranger to electrification. According to the brand, the MINI Countryman ALL4 hybrid plug-in represented 5% of MINI’s total sales. In addition, Cooper SE doubled that stake to 10 percent in a few months of its 2019 debut.
Naturally, the next step is to get involved in the performance genre, and this is where the John Cooper Works (JCW) brand gets into the fray. MINI hasn’t released juicy bits yet, but its newest high-performance EV will blend sustainability, performance and passion. “With this new focus on electrical performance, we are also creating the opportunity to enhance the distinctive profile of the John Cooper Works brand more than ever,” added Körber.
As expected of a JCW MINI Cooper, the electric version has bigger wheels, sportier tires and a prominent rear wing to improve downforce. We bet that it will also come with a bigger and more powerful electric motor to offer absurd performance merits.
It also needs more reach. It turns out that the new Cooper SE is only suitable for 110 miles of EPA-rated range – not bad for a small city car, but a JCW model requires more than a tiny 28.9 kWh battery. But despite that, the Cooper SE is quite fast with its 184 horsepower electric motor. Producing 199 foot-pounds of instant torque, the MINI’s first EV can zero out at 60 mph in 7.3 seconds.
Naturally, we expect better performance numbers for an electric JCW Cooper, but the MINI is not abandoning its internal combustion roots, at least not yet. “John Cooper Works models with conventional combustion engines will still continue to have an important role to play in ensuring that we are meeting the wants and needs of performance enthusiasts worldwide,” concluded Körber