The high-performance John Cooper Works Mini goes electric

BMW has released some images of an electric performance model of the Mini. This backs up the rumours that have been hinting towards an all-electric John Cooper Works (JCW) version of the Mini for a little while now.

The Mini Electric already serves the small car market but a hot hatch version of the car ticks a box that’s been largely ignored by manufacturers so far. While we don’t know much about this electric JCW Mini, the newly released images of it driving around the Nurburgring do give some indication of what to expect.

It shares the same aggressive sills, spoiler, wheels and bumpers with the petrol version of the Mini John Cooper Works. It does, however, lack a few of the air intakes that are pointless on an EV. Showing the car on track suggests it’s going to be a lot of fun to drive, even if Mini hasn’t released details just yet.

Mini’s range of green cars is growing. The Mini Electric has a range of 145 miles from a 32kwh battery, and there’s a plug-in hybrid version of the Mini Countryman, too. The introduction of a high-performance electric JCW model adds to this strong lineup.

“With the Mini Electric, we’ve shown how well brand-typical driving enjoyment and electric mobility can be combined,” says Bernd Körber, head of the Mini brand. “Now it’s time to translate the passion for performance of the John Cooper Works brand to electromobility. That’s why we’re working to develop concepts for electric John Cooper Works models.”

Mini says its electric JCW requires a whole new vehicle architecture, which suggests there may be no imminent launch.

The combustion engine models aren’t going anywhere just yet but Mini understands what it needs to do to move forward. “John Cooper Works models with conventional combustion engines will still continue to have an important role to play, to make sure we’re addressing the wishes and needs of performance enthusiasts all around the world,” says Bernd Körber. “With this new focus on electric performance, we’re also creating the opportunity to sharpen the distinctive profile of the John Cooper Works brand more than ever before.”

Jess Shanahan

Author:Jess Shanahan
Date Updated:3rd Dec 2020

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