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Old 01-08-2019, 07:33 AM   #1
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Performance-focused Cooper S E will be first for the brand and the first all-electric hot hatchback on sale

A range of around 200 miles from the carís lithium-ion battery pack, which is also derived from the i3, is being quoted by insiders.

The reveal of the Cooper S E is the focus of Miniís 60th anniversary celebrations, and the timing is key: Mini considers this anniversary the perfect time to launch such a forward looking car, and believes electric models are ideally suited to the brandís image.

Thatís not only because of how well-matched small EVs are to urban environments, but because of the performance characteristics of electric motors Ė in how they give instant responses and allow for greater control of each individual wheel.

Mini previewed the EV with the 2017 Mini Electric concept, but the model is due to have much more in common visually with the Cooper S. To that end, expect styling similar to the regular Cooper S hatchback, with some electric ĎEí trim to provide visual differentiation between Miniís two hot hatches. After a reveal in the second half of the year, the Cooper S E will reach UK showrooms priced from around £30,000.
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:20 PM   #2
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If it weren't for reliability issues, my MCS was the most fun car I have ever driven.

an E-MCS would be a blast as a city car.
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:34 PM   #3
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I like the rendering. Will likely never get in one (haven't yet) but they are nice to look at on the road.
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Old 01-08-2019, 02:30 PM   #4
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Mini Maiden is actually a pretty cool name.


I know that wasn't the intent, but it works.
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Old 01-08-2019, 02:50 PM   #5
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Being an ex-R53 owner, these R56 and onward MINI's are just too damn big.
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Being an ex-R53 owner, these R56 and onward MINI's are just too damn big.
I believe the appropriate term is MAXI, not MINI
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Being an ex-R53 owner, these R56 and onward MINI's are just too damn big.
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I believe the appropriate term is MAXI, not MINI
Offer me a "mini" and "maxi."

I agree though. I've debated trying to find and buy the older mini cooper but when I look at cost for a clean one and factor in service, i'm better off buying a new or cpo'd GTI with more performance, updated tech, etc.

Now, if I could find the older mini turbo mini with 40k miles under $10k, i'd consider it.
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The Mini would make a great EV.
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The Mini would make a great EV.
Maybe.

Certainly better than the 500e at least. My concern would be height, because giving up hatch is a deal killer.
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Old 01-08-2019, 03:33 PM   #10
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Think about the Leaf Coupe they rendered at this year's CES (it was for the smart windshield)

200 HP/ 300 LB TQ
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Being an ex-R53 owner, these R56 and onward MINI's are just too damn big.
R58 is where they started sharing platforms with BMW, and where I think they got to big. R56 was only like 2" longer than the r53, it was the pedestrian safety laws that made it look much larger, because of the taller hood.
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+1 everything after the R56 was just horrible... The current lineup is atrocious.
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Mini has earned a very poor reputation and its not unfair. The hipstermobile with CVT and worse fwd mechanical features have doomed it to the auto culture fans.They should go all electric as a city car as what current buyers in that size might like best.
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