New Mini Cooper JCW electric hot hatch imagined, including JCW GP track special

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A high-performance version of the new Chinese-built Mini Cooper electric hatch is on the way. Here’s what it – and an even hotter GP version – could look like.

What a new Mini Cooper JCW could look like, imagined by Avarvarii.

A wave of new city-sized electric cars due in showrooms over the next five years is set to supercharge the emerging electric hot-hatch category.

Overseas reports claim the electric JCW is due next year – shortly after a JCW variant of the new petrol-powered three-door Cooper, which will sit on a revised version of the current model’s underpinnings rather than the battery-powered model’s Chinese-built electric-car architecture.

Australian arrivals are expected in 2025, to follow the local introduction of the regular Mini Cooper E and Cooper SE in the third quarter of 2024 (July to September).

What a new Mini Cooper JCW GP could look like, imagined by Avarvarii.

Mini has previewed the styling of its first electric hot hatch with a JCW-branded styling pack for the Cooper E and Cooper SE, which adds a sporty exterior body kit and unique interior trim but no more power.

Drive commissioned digital artist Avarvarii to illustrate what the full-output Mini Cooper JCW electric car could look like – as well as a battery-powered future for the race-track-focused JCW GP edition.

Overseas reports including by Mini specialist website MotoringFile claim the electric JCW may produce approximately 185kW, compared to 160kW for the regular Mini Cooper SE electric car.

It should improve upon the SE’s 6.7-second 0-100km/h acceleration time – bringing it closer to the 6.1sec of today’s petrol JCW – though it may come at the expense of driving range, which in the SE is quoted as 402km.

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New Mini Cooper SE.

The petrol-powered JCW will live on for another generation, but as a heavy facelift (codenamed F66) of the current ‘F56’ model with the same power (170kW) but more torque (now 350Nm), built in the UK as before.

Meanwhile the new Mini Cooper electric car is underpinned by a dedicated electric architecture co-developed with China’s GWM, and manufactured in China for global markets for the time being.

Mini is yet to confirm if it will produce another JCW GP race-track special – and if it would be powered by petrol or electricity.

It remains to be seen if the battery in the electric Cooper would be capable of long sessions on the race track, or would require significant upgrades to cooling and/or battery chemistry.

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines at a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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