The MINI Cooper SE is the first all-electric model from the British brand, offering a zero-emission driving experience with the iconic MINI style and agility. The Cooper SE combines an 184 hp electric motor with a 32.6 kWh battery pack, delivering a range of up to 177 miles (WLTP) and a 0-62 mph acceleration of 7.3 seconds. The Cooper SE also features a distinctive design, with a closed grille, yellow accents, and unique wheels.

But what if you want to spice up your electric MINI even more? Well, you’re in luck because MINI has just unveiled the new John Cooper Works (JCW) trim for the Mini Cooper SE, adding some sporty flair and performance enhancements to the electric hatchback. The JCW trim is inspired by the high-performance JCW models, which are powered by a 231 hp turbocharged gasoline engine and offer a more dynamic and thrilling ride.

What’s new in the JCW trim?

The JCW trim for the Cooper SE is not just a cosmetic package, but also includes some functional upgrades that improve the handling and aerodynamics of the electric MINI. Here are some of the key features of the JCW trim:

  • A more aggressive front bumper with larger air intakes and a black grille frame
  • A rear bumper with a diffuser and a central air outlet
  • A roof spoiler that reduces lift and optimizes airflow
  • 18-inch JCW Circuit Spoke wheels in two-tone or black
  • JCW sport suspension that lowers the ride height by 10 mm and increases the stiffness
  • JCW sport brakes with red calipers and 330 mm discs at the front and 280 mm discs at the rear
  • JCW sport steering wheel with perforated leather and contrast stitching
  • JCW sport seats with integrated headrests and Dinamica/leather upholstery
  • JCW door sill plates and floor mats
  • JCW instrument cluster with a 5.5-inch digital display
  • JCW gear selector with a red ring and a toggle switch
  • JCW specific driving modes, including a Sport mode that enhances the steering, throttle, and sound
  • JCW exterior and interior badges

The JCW trim also offers some exclusive color options, such as Rebel Green, Chili Red, and Island Blue, as well as contrasting roof and mirror caps in white, black, or red. The JCW trim also comes with a standard LED headlight, a taillight package, and a panoramic sunroof.

How does it compare to the regular Cooper SE?

The JCW trim does not change the powertrain or the performance of the Cooper SE, which means it still has the same 184 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, as well as the same 0-62 mph time of 7.3 seconds and top speed of 93 mph. The battery pack and the range are also unchanged, with a WLTP rating of 177 miles and a fast-charging capability of up to 50 kW.

However, the JCW trim does improve the handling and the driving feel of the Cooper SE, thanks to the sport suspension, the sport brakes, the sport steering, and the sport mode. The JCW trim also enhances the appearance and the comfort of the Cooper SE, with a more muscular and aerodynamic design, and a more premium and sporty interior.

The JCW trim also comes with a higher price tag, of course. The Cooper SE starts at $29,900 in the US, while the JCW trim adds $5,000 to the base price, bringing it to $34,900. In the UK, the Cooper SE starts at £27,920 ($37,200), while the JCW trim adds £4,000 ($5,300), bringing it to £31,920 ($42,500). The JCW trim is expected to be available in early 2024.

Is it worth it?

The JCW trim for the Cooper SE is a tempting option for those who want to enjoy the benefits of an electric car, such as lower emissions, lower running costs, and instant torque, without compromising on a MINI's fun and style. The JCW trim adds some visual and functional enhancements that make the Cooper SE more attractive and engaging while retaining the same range and performance.

However, the JCW trim is not a full-fledged JCW model and does not offer the same level of power and excitement as the gasoline-powered JCW models. The JCW trim also has a significant price premium, which the relatively minor improvements may not justify. The JCW trim may also appeal to a niche market, as most electric car buyers may not be interested in a sporty look or a sporty feel but rather in efficiency and practicality.

Ultimately, the JCW trim for the Cooper SE is a matter of personal preference and budget. If you love the MINI brand and you want to stand out from the crowd with a unique and sporty electric car, the JCW trim may be worth the extra cost. But if you are looking for a more affordable and more efficient electric car or a more powerful and more thrilling hot hatch, you may want to look elsewhere.


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