Thursday, February 22, 2024
News First Electric JCW Mini is All Show, No Extra Go

First Electric JCW Mini is All Show, No Extra Go

JCW appearance upgrades

  • Mini introduced JCW looks to Cooper SE

  • No extra power or suspension changes


Mini is building an electric John Cooper Works model, but this isn’t quite the JCW you were expecting. The 2025 Mini Cooper SE John Cooper Works Trim is an appearance package meant to give the battery-powered Mini the looks of the high performance gas models.

The 2025 Mini Cooper SE in JCW Trim stands out from the standard Cooper SE. It has big and aggressive diffusers in the front and rear, deep side skirts, and the red roof and mirrors that are the JCW trademark. The car will also come with JCW-specific 18-inch wheels and bright red JCW brake calipers.

Even the lights are Works-specific. The lighting signature in the front shows two horizontal stripes instead of a more complete illumination in other SE models, and the rear lights have an LED matrix meant to make the car look wider.

In the cabin, the driver and passenger get synthetic leather seats with red stitching, plus a black and red 2d kit on the door cards. The passenger side of the dash has a chequered flag motif, and the car will have the Go-Kart drive mode that turns the displays and cabin lighting red along with adding a mode-specific sound.

But the powertrain, what we would have called the oily bits in a gas car, are bog standard SE. A 218 hp electric motor and a 54.2 kWh battery that delivers up to 402 km of range on the WLTP cycle.

Mr Cooper would not have been amused, though he would probably be astonished at the developments in electric vehicles since his passing in 2000.

The model brings some other improvements, including a new parking assistant that lets you park the car via your phone and more sensors and cameras. The JCW Trim was announced by Mini Global, so no word on if or when it is coming to the U.S. and Canada.

 

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