2017 MINI Electric Concept
The modern Mini Cooper was launched in 2001, some 42 years after the British firm launched the original model. This time build under BMW Group ownership, the Mini became more of a fashion statement rather than an affordable, people’s car, but this is exactly what turned it into a big hit. Redesigned in 2006 and 2013, the Cooper grew larger and larger and gained more technology with each generation. In 2017, Mini introduced its first hybrid model, the S E Countryman All4, and it’s now looking to launch its first-ever electric car. And it just unveiled the Mini Electric Concept ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Designed as a preview for a production model that will be introduced in 2019, the Mini Electric Concept arrives almost ten year since Mini built its first EV, the Mini E. More of a demonstration vehicle rather than a production car, the Mini E was produced between 2009 and 2010 in the form of a three-door Cooper. More than 600 cars were deployed in several countries for on-road testing in a project that eventually led to a couple of BMW trial cars and finally the i3. A modern reinterpretation of the Mini E, the Electric Concept moves Mini one step closer to joining the EV market. It’s a bit late to the party, but as they say, better late than never.
Updated 09/19/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the concept’s debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Continue reading to learn more about the Mini Electric Concept.
2017 Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept
I suppose we should’ve expected something like this from Mini. Give the company an inch, and it’s more than happy to take a mile. Take the new John Cooper Works GP Concept for example. On the surface, the concept’s objective is pretty simple: pay tribute to its conquest in the Monte Carlo Rally back in 1967. But like everything that Mini does, it’s as interested in simply giving homage to a rally car as it is in making a statement and going above and beyond what’s needed. That attitude gave birth to the Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit and the Mini John Cooper Works GP from 2006 and 2012, respectively. Now, Mini’s back with a new randy concept called the John Cooper Works GP Concept, and wouldn’t you know it, it looks positively stunning.
Nobody’s going to ever accuse Mini at being bashful, but even the JCW GP Concept seems to have been done with a simple purpose in mind: get a Cooper JCW and drown it in aerodynamic bits. Even Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer describes the JCW GP Concept as “driving fun in its purest form,” and it’s hard to even come up with a reasonable argument otherwise. The end result is a car that can make even the most demented of tuning firms blush with pride, though I suppose getting that kind of reaction is already old hat for Mini. Good to know then that after all these years, the BMW-owned automaker still has what it takes to grab everyone’s attention the way very few of its peers in the business are able to.
Updated 09/18/2017: Mini John Cooper Works GP Concept looked even more aggressive on the Frankfurt floor. Check our gallery for more images from the show.
Continue after the jump to read the full story.
Only one day after BMW announced the official details on the new generation 1-Series, Mini has also joined in on the party by releasing details of their own for their much anticipated Mini Coupe . Last seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009 as a mere concept, the first two-seater in the company’s lineup will make its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show with sales to begin shortly after. Prices will be announced at a later date.
The new Mini Coupe will come sporting an entire lineup of four cylinder engines ranging from the base Coupe with 121 HP up to the John Cooper Works Coupe with 208 HP. It will also be the fastest-accelerating MINI ever with the highest top speed. The JCW Coupe, for example, will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds and will be capable of a top speed of 149 mph.
UPDATE 06/21/2011: Mini has revealed the official images for their latest model in the line-up, as well as pricing details for the American market. The base model will go on sale at a starting price of $22,000, while the S variant will cost $25,300 and the JCW will be priced at $31,900.
UPDATE 08/09/11: Want to play around and build your own MINI Coupe? Well, now you can get that opportunity! The German automaker has officially unveiled the online configurator for the car, which you can use to make your very own virtual MINI Coupe. Who knows, you might end up liking your work that you buy one for yourself.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Mini Coupe.
We’ve talked about the MINI Coupe Concept and the MINI Roadster so much over the past couple of weeks; it feels like we know the cars inside-and-out by now. But no matter how many times we’ve said it – or shown you videos, teasers, spy shots, and commercials – we just can’t get enough of MINI’s two latest offerings.
Their successful unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show has even fuelled more interest in these two cars and we feel that it’s our responsibility to quench their thirsts, so to speak.
Besides, these two cars aren’t expected to be out on the market for the next couple of years so in the meantime, newly-released videos of these two cars will have to do for now. We have two videos for you all ‘MINI-iacs’, one of which is the video of the Coupe Concept and Roadster Concept unveiling at Frankfurt and the other a detailed look at the Roadster Concept.
Click after the jump for video from the Frankfurt ’birthday’ launch of the two MINIs. Enjoy!
Next to the Mini Coupe Concept, the English automaker Mini has also revealed their Roadster Concept today at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Roadster Concept is a two-seated model, with a tight-fitting soft cloth roof and innovative design.
The Roadster concept is powered by a 1.6 Liter twin scroll turbocharged engine, the same power plant that is used in the MINI Cooper S; boasting go fast goodies like direct gasoline injection, the boosted mill generates a maximum output of 175 HP and peak torque of 177 lb-ft that can be briefly increased thanks to the car’s Overboost function, which nets 192 lb-ft of torque.
The new two-seater measures 3.714 millimeters in length and 1.683 millimetres in width. Height of the car is 1.356 millimeters. Up front the Mini Roadster Concept features a hexagonal shaped radiator grille and a pair of large round headlights, that compliment the large diameter wheels and a very racy pair of stripes extending the length of the vehicle.
Press release after the jump.
The final installment of MINI’s uber-weird, three-part ‘Two Untamed’ commercials was released and as expected, it picked up where the previous two commercials left off.
This latest commercial, called ‘Shine’, shows the same two hot women muttering simultaneously about having the same body types, after which the lights go out and our two scantily-clad vixens start dancing and screaming for the camera. Of course, one of them caps the commercial off with a good ol’ fashion ‘salute’.
If these commercials are any indication as to what we can expect when the cars are officially unveiled at Frankfurt, then you can bet your bottom dollar that all hell is going to break loose.
A few days ago, we showed you the first of two commercials created by MINI for the upcoming Frankfurt reveal of their two new pet vehicles: the MINI Coupe Concept and the MINI Roadster.
While a lot can be said about the oddity of the commercial - a woman admiring herself a little too much in the mirror before the reflection inexplicably comes to life and jumps out of the mirror – we do, in a seemingly twisted way, get what MINI is trying to get across.
Then the second commercial was released and similar to the first, it kind of goes beyond the realms of traditional car promotion. It’s the same two women, speaking simultaneously, after which, one of them startles us with a blood-curling scream while wearing a helmet.
It’s a little too loony to describe so we’re just going to let you watch it for yourselves. But we must warn you, take a few deep breaths before watching it, just to be on the safe side.
You can’t say that MINI is sitting on its laurels, can you?
While other car manufacturers may have reason to take it slow and steady after celebrating its golden anniversary, the folks of MINI have been doing quite the contrary. The company is taking preparations for the Frankfurt Motor Show to a new level with their latest video – it seems that the company has been coming out with a ton of videos these days – to drum up even more publicity than it has already gotten leading up to the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The video, which is being billeted as part one of a series of videos called the Two Untamed series, is MINI’s latest marketing ploy to promote the two vehicles that the company is set to unveil at Frankfurt: the MINI Roadster and the Coupe Concept.
According to a spokesperson from MINI, we should all expect two more of these teaser videos before the ‘premiere video’ makes it world-wide debut on the first press day at Frankfurt on September 15. In the meantime, you can expect a couple more videos of MINI’s Two Untamed series to hit the web in the coming days. If that doesn’t get you more geeked up for the Frankfurt Motor Show, we don’t know what will.
In order to celebrate its 50th anniversary Mini has revealed the Coupe Concept - a model that redefines the Mini’s design language. Set to become MINI’s new flagship coupe for the future, the concept will make its first public appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Coupe Concept will be powered by a 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged power unit carried over from the MINI John Cooper Works. The engine delivers 211 hp and a peak torque of 192 lb-ft.
With a total length of 3,714 millimeters and a width of 1,683 millimeters, the concept comes with a refreshed look with the windshield laid back giving the car a less-boxy appearance. In addition to that, the honeycomb grille – another MINI staple – has been replaced by three three horizontal slits painted in the same decaled color-way as the rest of the car. You’ll also notice that the racing stripes do not run the entire length of the car in the same color.
Press release after the jump.
Pictures are worth a thousand words, indeed.
For months, rumors have swirled around the auto industry regarding a supposed Roadster that is being worked on by MINI. Now, pictures of the rumored car have surfaced, quelling any and all speculations that the car was nothing more than just a myth.
While the photo sheds nothing more than what the Roadster will presumably look like –it does bear a striking resemblance to the other car MINI unveiled a few days ago, the Coupe Concept.
MINI hasn’t divulged a lot of information about the car, but should the tarpaulin-printed photo of the supposed MINI Roadster proves to be legitimate, then you can probably expect that the Concept Coupe will not be the only vehicle MINI is set to unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
We reported a few days ago that MINI – as part of their 50th anniversary – released the all-new MINI Coupe Concept, one of two cars – along with the MINI Crossover - the company is bringing with them to Frankfurt for the Frankfurt Motor Show.
A few days after photos of the car showed up everywhere, MINI decided to take the anticipation up a notch by releasing a teaser video of the Coupe Concept in all its glory.
While the video doesn’t exactly have any shots of the MINI rolling along the highways, the video does provide a more in-depth look at the car’s exterior and interior. We don’t want to spoil the surprise any further so it’s best that you watch the video and drool over the Coupe Concept on your own time.
MINI sure knows how to celebrate its 50th anniversary in style.
After months of releasing a number of special edition MINIs, the BMW-owned car brand has arguably saved its best for last. On the eve of birthday no. 50, MINI unveiled their latest pride and joy: the MINI Coupe Concept.
The concept is a far cry from previous MINI models. It has been reinvented to become MINI’s new flagship coupe for the future. For starters, the windshield, which has been positioned near-vertically for a long time, has been laid back, giving the car a less-boxy appearance.
In addition to that, the honeycomb grille – another MINI staple – has been replaced by three three horizontal slits painted in the same decaled color-way as the rest of the car. You’ll also notice that the racing stripes do not run the entire length of the car in the same color. To accentuate the Coupe Cconcept’s refreshed look, MINI decided to invert the stripes on the roof, which, for the most part, it has rarely done with their past models. Since color coordination appears to be a big thing with the new MINI, you’ll also notice that the car’s multispoke wheels have also been painted black and blue to match the car’s body colors.
Continued after the jump.
MINI Camden and Mayfair to make appearance at Frankfurt Motor Show as part of MINI’s 50th anniversary
The Frankfurt Auto Show is fast approaching and car makers have already set out plans on how they’re going to make a splash at the annual gathering.
BMW knows how to make an impression and it’s looking like German-based automakers are planning to do just that by celebrating Mini’s 50th anniversary in grand style.
Dubbed ‘What a birthday, It’s MINI’, BMW is sparing no expense throwing every but the kitchen sink to make this special occasion as memorable as possible. We’ve gotten word that the Beamer folks are planning to bring two special edition vehicles – the 50 Camden and the 50 Mayfair – to the show.
It’s a fitting event to showcase to the world just how far MINI has come. And if everything goes according to plan, you might even see a ‘MINI’ birthday cake being rolled out.
While it’s still early for greetings, we’ll say ours anyway.
‘Happy 50, MINI!’
MINI has been one of those rare manufacturers that never seem to go out of its comfort zone. Part of it, we can say, is by design. After all, with one of the most recognizable cars in history (the Cooper), MINI could thrive under the Cooper banner just fine. So when word came out that MINI was coming out with a Roadster – predictably called the MINI Roadster – then you could say that it turned a few heads.
Word is being spread that MINI is close to releasing the MINI Roadster, possibly just in time for the Frankfurt Motor Show. The news was first reported by the French car magazine, L’Automobile and was likewise confirmed by the UK’s Autocar magazine.
From the few snapshots we’ve seen of the MINI Roadster, it looks quite like a loaded version of the MINI Cooper, complete with raked windshield and a retractable soft top – giving it a uniquely bad ass look that’s far removed from the conservative style of the Cabriolet. More so, the MINI Roadster has been reported to feature a low center of gravity, giving it superior driving performance than the Cooper.
As far as the engine is concerned, the Roadster is set to come with the same 1.6 L twin scroll-turbocharged engine, capable of exhausting up to 211 horsepower and up to 280 Nm peak torque with Overboost deployed.
It doesn’t strike us as coincidence that MINI is releasing the Roadster – along with the much talked about MINI Crossman SUV - on the very same year they’re celebrating 50 years of the Cooper’s existence. There have been no confirmed dates as to when the Roadster, and the Crossman for that matter, will be released for production.
What we all know is that barring the unforeseen, both vehicles will be on-hand for the Frankfurt Motor Show, making it a must-attend occasion for all MINI aficionados from all over the world.
The English automaker Mini will officially add a fifth model to their lineup, after the forthcoming Mini crossover, this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The upcoming Mini Speedster will be a strictly two-seater and offer a much more attractive alternative to the Mini Cabriolet. The Mini Speedster will be offered with the standard engines that are offered in the Cooper’s lineup, but in keeping with the speed theme there will also be a 1.6 Liter turbocharged four cylinder making 208 HP, just like the unit found in the Mini Cooper JCW.
Speedsters are sportier versions of cabriolets; unlike roadsters they still have a convertible top, but going with the whole speed theme, they are shorter and much more minimalistic. The windshield on a speedster is usually raked further back than standard models, this makes the open air speedster look like it is at speed even when standing still. Behind the occupants, speedsters tend to have some sort of a double hump structure on the rear sill that helps the air flow over the occupant’s heads and give the profile a much more complete look. It is not necessary for a speedster to feature more aggressive bodywork, but that is the case with the new Mini.
It may be an oxymoron, but that won’t stop the Mini SUV from hitting the road. We first saw the Crossover Concept last September at the Paris Auto Show, now the production version should make its debut one year later Frankfurt Motor Show (Paris and Frankfurt alternate years for holding a show in September.)
The production crossover will get the same 1.6-liter engine as the rest of the mini line up, and the horsepower will differ between the Cooper and Copper S models. Mini said there are no plans for a John Cooper Works edition, but if more power is needed, a very JCW-like twin-turbocharged version of the Mini engine may become available.
This Mini will start out with front-wheel drive, but will soon offer a version of corporate parent BMW’s X-Drive four-wheel drive system. The crossover wants to be a capable off roader, which means the transmission may be geared for low range capabilities. This may work with the diesel engine available in the Europe, but it could leave the gas-only U.S. version feeling overworked.
Retro but not old-fashioned – sassy and practical – authentic but no copy: Few cars have mastered the balancing act as well as the new MINI, the latest generation of which is now in the showrooms. In design terms it remains true to its predecessor, but doesn’t stop there technically. In detail no MINI looks like the next, because individuality takes priority amongst its owners.