The MINI Cooper SE is the first all-electric model from the iconic British brand. It offers the same fun-to-drive character and distinctive design as the regular MINI Cooper but with zero emissions and instant torque. Now, the MINI Cooper SE is getting a sporty makeover with the new John Cooper Works (JCW) trim, which adds some visual flair and performance features to the electric hatchback. Here’s what you need to know about the new MINI Cooper SE in JCW trim.
What is the John Cooper Works trim?
John Cooper Works is the name of the performance division of MINI, which produces high-performance versions of the MINI models. The JCW trim usually includes a more powerful engine, a sportier suspension, bigger brakes, and a more aggressive exterior and interior design. The JCW trim is available on the MINI Cooper Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman, and Countryman models.
However, the new MINI Cooper SE in JCW trim is not a full-fledged JCW model but rather a cosmetic and chassis upgrade. The electric motor and the battery remain unchanged, delivering 181 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque and a range of 114 miles on a single charge. The JCW trim does not affect the MINI Cooper SE's acceleration or top speed, which are 6.9 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and 93 mph, respectively.
What are the features of the new MINI Cooper SE in JCW trim?
The new MINI Cooper SE in JCW trim has a distinctive look that sets it apart from the regular MINI Cooper SE. The front grille frame and the logo are finished in high-gloss black, and the JCW bonnet stripes are available in either Chili Red or black. The roof and the mirror caps are also painted in Chili Red, strikingly contrasting the body color. The rear end features a sporty spoiler, a large diffuser insert, and redesigned Union Jack taillights. The JCW trim also adds yellow stickers in the middle of the rear bumper, where the exhaust pipes would normally be on the gasoline-powered MINI models.
The new MINI Cooper SE in JCW trim also comes with 18-inch John Cooper Works Lap Spoke 2-tone wheels, which are exclusive to this trim. The wheels are wrapped in run-flat tires, which allow the driver to continue driving for a limited distance in case of a puncture. The JCW trim also enhances the handling and the braking of the MINI Cooper SE, thanks to a sports suspension, an electronically locking front differential, and Brembo brakes with red calipers.
The new MINI Cooper SE interior in JCW trim is also upgraded with some sporty touches. The seats are upholstered in Dinamica leather, a synthetic material that mimics the look and feel of suede. The seats also have integrated headrests and JCW logos on the backrests. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and has a JCW badge and red contrast stitching. The gear selector, the pedals, and the door sills are also adorned with JCW logos. The instrument cluster is a 5.5-inch digital display, which shows the speed, the battery level, the driving mode, and other information. The infotainment system is an 8.8-inch touchscreen, which supports wireless Apple CarPlay, navigation, and MINI Connected services.
How much does the new MINI Cooper SE in JCW trim cost?
The new MINI Cooper SE in JCW trim is not yet available in the U.S. market, but it is expected to arrive in the near future. In Europe, the new MINI Cooper SE in JCW trim has a starting price of around 50,000 euros, which is equivalent to about $56,500. This is a significant premium over the regular MINI Cooper SE, which starts at around 33,000 euros, or $37,300. However, the new MINI Cooper SE in JCW trim may qualify for some federal and state incentives for electric vehicles, which could lower the final cost for the buyers.