The all-electric MINI Cooper SE will get a excessive efficiency “GP” model, according to BMWBLOG.
Whereas no particular particulars can be found but, BMWBLOG claims their “extraordinarily dependable supply” says the automobile has been green-lit and is presently in growth.
Regardless of the dearth of particulars, the “GP” designation suggests a give attention to efficiency. A base mannequin 2021 gasoline Mini Cooper presents 134hp, and the electrical SE model presents 181hp. However Mini’s new track-focused “John Cooper Works GP” gas-powered Mini presents a large 301hp, greater than double the bottom mannequin. It additionally has redesigned bodywork, suspension, and different minor efficiency enhancements. And all of this comes at a premium value, which is greater than double the price of the bottom mannequin.
A “GP” electrical Mini would probably incorporate a variety of the design and part adjustments on the gasoline model. However horsepower is a unique beast, as electrical vehicles don’t simply get their horsepower from a giant motor, however from a big battery to provide energy to that motor.
The Mini Cooper SE solely has 28.9kWh of usable battery capability in a 32.6kWh battery. There’s not a lot BMW might do to get extra energy out of their battery with out transferring to a completely totally different chemistry, which appears unlikely for a specialised track-focused mannequin.
BMW might add extra battery capability, however this comes with weight penalties, which aren’t nice for efficiency. Or maybe the automobile gained’t come out for a number of years, when battery expertise has progressed and grow to be lighter, serving to to mitigate this weight penalty.
One other consideration is that monitor miles are a lot rougher on a automobile’s vitality use than avenue miles, and a 28.9kWh pack simply gained’t final lengthy, particularly at optimum energy supply ranges. It could nonetheless be nice for autocross or for brief monitor periods of some laps at a time, however for longer periods, you’ll probably find yourself energy restricted because the battery drains fairly rapidly.
In our first review of the Mini Cooper SE, we had been thrilled with the refinements made for the reason that authentic prototype 2009 Mini E, although felt that there was a little bit one thing missing, that the automobile felt rather less “uncooked” than the 2009 model (which I received to take around a track myself again within the day). Seth was also impressed but felt the range was a limiting factor in our week-long overview.
So if the GP model brings greater efficiency or a extra aggressive driving really feel, this might be a welcome enchancment on high of an already enticing bundle. The bottom mannequin Mini Cooper SE is an effective steadiness of options and value that matches effectively into its area of interest.
The GP model must go away that value area of interest with no matter enhancements are carried out, placing it into competitors with costlier, longer-range electrical vehicles. To stay aggressive, it must supply some actually spectacular efficiency enhancements. Given what BMW did to maintain the Mini Cooper SE enticing regardless of its small battery, we’re wanting ahead to seeing what sort of magic they may pull off with a GP electrical mannequin.
One risk, although that is probably simply wishful pondering, is that BMW might add a rear motor. This is able to enhance monitor and 0-60 efficiency and wouldn’t value a variety of weight, as electrical motors are fairly mild anyway. However Mini is a front-wheel-drive model (Countryman however), so breaking custom and likewise giving the electrical Mini a bonus over their top-end gasoline JCW GP could be fairly a press release. Although it will be a press release we’d like to see them make…
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