MINI officially confirmed the John Cooper Works Electric hot hatch
MINI officially confirmed the development of a fully electric John Cooper Works version of their hatchback.
This would broaden MINI’s electric vehicle range next to the Cooper SE, by possibly offering even better performance and a more aggressive setup. As we can see from the official photos of the camouflaged prototype, the electric hot hatch will wear the wide bodykit of the John Cooper Works GP limited edition model, with a few extra badges, yellow brake calipers, a fully covered grille, and the absence of exhaust pipes.
“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.”
Furthermore, according to the press release, future MINI vehicle architectures will allow “extreme performance and genuine driving enjoyment” to be available with electric drive as well as combustion engines.
Assuring the MINI fans that they will keep offering cars with conventional combustion engines, Bernd Körber stated: “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. 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.”