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2020 Mini Cooper SE confirmed for Australia

British carmaker Mini will introduce an electric version of its iconic Cooper hatchback in Australian showrooms in the middle of next year. Price is yet to be confirmed however, based on the European cost of about €32,000, the Mini Electric will likely arrive at about $55,000 plus on-roads...

Mini Cooper SE: 45,000 expressions of interest for new EV

The 2020 Mini Cooper SE has had a promising response from the buying public, with the BMW subsidiary reporting more than 45,000 expressions of interest for its first series production electric vehicle. Speaking with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, project manager for the electric Mini, Elena Eder, said the company's decision to allow prospective buyers to secure a build slot with a small down payment "works", drawing upon the model implemented by Tesla...

CarAdvice podcast 161: 2019 Porsche Cayman GT4 and Goodwood FoS

This week on the podcast are Scott Collie and Paul Maric. In car news, the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept, BMW X7 pick-up concept, and 2020 Mini Cooper SE have been revealed, and the 2020 C8 Chevrolet Corvette rear end has been spied. Paul and Trent Nikolic attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where Trent experienced the 2019 Porsche Cayman GT4...

2020 Mini Cooper SE revealed

Mini has revealed the Cooper SE, its first ever series-production electric vehicle. Power in the electric Mini comes from a 135kW/270Nm electric motor on the front axle, allowing the three-door hatch to accelerate from 0-60km/h in 3.9 seconds and 0-100 in 7.3 seconds. Top speed, meanwhile, is limited to 150km/h. The motor is fed by a 32...

2020 Mini JCW GP will be the fastest road-going Mini ever

Mini used this year’s Nurburgring 24 hour race to present a unique John Cooper Works GP prototype, well before the fully-fledged production version goes on sale in 2020. Armed with the latest 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo packing at least 220kW of power, the new GP is billed as the fastest production series Mini in the brand’s history, and the most powerful version ever built for the road...

2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP teased again

Mini has previewed the upcoming John Cooper Works GP once again, with a new set of images of a camouflaged prototype tackling the Nurburgring. The company says its new performance halo will hit the market in 2020, with production to be limited to 3000 units globally, one thousand more than the two previous iterations...

CarAdvice podcast 158: Interviewing Charlie Cooper, the grandson of John Cooper

On this week's podcast, Scott Collie and James Wong join Mandy Turner. In car news, the Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder, 718 Cayman GT4, and the 2020 Renault Zoe have been revealed. Also, Toyota Australia is chasing the Tundra and Tacoma to tackle American challengers, and the Holden Astra sedan and Sportwagon have been axed...

2020 Mini Cooper S E teased

The pure-electric Mini Cooper S E has been teased ahead of its reveal in July, with the company showing a few fleeting details of its plug-in hatchback. That's despite leaks revealing the car's entire design. We know the Mini Cooper SE will have plenty of yellow detailing, with inserts on the grille, wheels, mirrors and flanks...

2020 Mini Cooper SE: Electric hatch teased with plane tow

Mini has amped up the tease for its first mass-produced electric model, towing a Boeing 777F cargo plane to show how much torque is on offer. The new Cooper SE was hooked up to a Lufthansa cargo plane weighing around 136 tonnes at Frankfurt airport, and filmed for a clip posted on social media. It's the first in a series of videos that'll be released before production starts in November...

2020 Mini Cooper S 'E' spied undisguised

The electric Mini Hatch has been spied pretty much devoid of camouflage this week in the US, ahead of its official debut later this year. Unofficially dubbed the 'Mini Cooper S E' – a similar naming structure to the plug-in hybrid Countryman – the first series production all-electric Mini looks very much like the regular 3 Door Hatch with tacked on bits from the 2017 Mini Electric concept...

Mini 60 Years Edition pricing and specs

Mini Australia has detailed the new 60 Years Edition, which is available to order now. Several variations are on offer: 3 Door and 5 Door hatchbacks, along with Cooper and Cooper S trim levels. Depending on specification, the 60 Years Edition offers around $8500 of extra value for an additional $4000 outlay, according to the local division, with a range of exterior, interior and equipment upgrades compared to standard models...