The MINI brand, which has just made its debut in the world of 100% electric cars with the new Cooper SE, is now poised to delight performance enthusiasts.
Indeed, we are told that electric MINI John Cooper Works models are currently in development and will hit the market in the not-too-distant future.
Unfortunately, the company doesn’t really say more just yet, leaving a lot of room for speculation about the powertrain and chassis. At most, it shows us a series of images of a prototype being tested on the track.
We can see what looks like a MINI John Cooper Works GP coated in camouflage and sporting a roughly closed grille up front. The wheels and rear spoiler are identical to the GP, but there are no tailpipes, of course.
Can we conclude that MINI is not just going to just create a slightly firmer and nimble Cooper SE, but rather envision a truly explosive car? As a benchmark, the current electric MINI boasts an output of 135 kilowatts (181 hp), while the new John Cooper Works models (Clubman, Countryman and GP) develop up to 301 hp.
As for the battery and autonomy, it is impossible to know for the moment whether the future electric MINI JCW will do better than the 32.6 kWh and 177 kilometers already offered.
An unveiling is expected to happen somewhere in 2021, so let’s stay tuned!