Mini’s Electric Hot Hatch Is Finally Here in John Cooper Works Trim

Jackson Wheeler
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  • Mini is fortifying its electrified lineup for 2025 and the Cooper SE JCW is its newest offering.
  • With 215 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque, Mini has only confirmed the Cooper SE JCW for the European market.
  • The electric hot hatch shows what the future of Mini’s JCW performance branch could look like in an electric future.

Banking on electrification for the future of your bottom line is a pre-requisite at this point, and Mini will not miss the bus. But Mini’s way of gearing up for widespread EV adoption is starting to look slightly different, especially compared to its compact car competitors.

That’s because Mini is focusing on performance and efficiency as it rolls out its new generation of electric models. We’ve already seen the incoming electrified Countryman, but Mini wants to remind us that it hasn’t forgotten its roots, and the newly revealed 2025 Mini Cooper SE JCW is a testament to that.

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The rear deck spoiler is reminiscent of the previous generation Mini John Cooper Works GP.

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Powered by a 54.2-kWh battery, Mini says the JCW trim of the Cooper SE will be good for 215 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque, akin to the non-JCW trim Cooper SE models. That includes the WLTP estimated range of 250 miles, though this range figure will likely drop under EPA scrutiny. Regardless, the Cooper SE JCW will be good for a 0-60-mph sprint of 6.7 seconds.

If the electric powertrain isn’t JCW specific, then what makes this John Cooper Works version special? Well, a series of visual differences to start. The traditional red, white, and black color scheme remains in place and we’re thankful for that, plus the two-tone, 10-spoke, 18-inch wheels add an air of singularity to the JCW version.

Jagged, aggressive diffusers are standard both front and rear, though the overall dimensions of the car should remain similar. Arguably, the new generation of JCW models maintains the look of years previous, but the iconographic value of these special Cooper models shouldn’t be overlooked.

Instead of investing in major exterior changes, it appears Mini sank most of its R&D money into the interior. Sporting the new 9.4-inch OLED display, the JCW trim gets a number of model-specific upgrades inside. Namely, the synthetic leather seats and door cards are patched with a JCW-specific knit pattern and back-lit by red and black mood lighting.

Mini has yet to tell us much about the Cooper SE JCW dynamically, though the JCW will get its own specific drive mode. Part of Mini’s push toward EV acceptance is to assert that the flickable nature of its models will remain. And its new JCW Go-Kart mode will be the final piece of the driving experience puzzle.

Given its battery-electric architecture, regenerative braking is likely a key part of the driving characteristics of the incoming Cooper SE JCW. And efficiently slowing down that extra battery weight will be imperative to keeping the lively nature of the JCW lineup.

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A heads-up display will be used to project the necessary speed and driving data in front of the driver.

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Strong energy regeneration will be important in reducing charging time as well, seeing as the Cooper SE is slated for a maximum charging speed of 95 kW. Mini claims that an optimized charge from 0% to 80% will take under 30 minutes. Compared to some 200-kW charging rate estimates, we respect a prudent and easily achievable 95-kW charging rate.

Pricing and production timelines for the JCW trim have yet to be announced, though we suspect the electric Cooper models will command a multi-thousand dollar premium over its ICE siblings. It’s also unclear if the Mini Cooper SE JCW will even be offered in the US, as the press materials are centered around the European market.

Even so, with adequate range and improved battery capacity, the new generation of electric Minis is shaping up to redeem its initial electric swing-and-miss. And we hope it makes its way across the pond.

Should the Cooper SE JCW have more power? Or are the JCW driving dynamics more important? Please share your thoughts below.

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A New York transplant hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Emmet White has a passion for anything that goes: cars, bicycles, planes, and motorcycles. After learning to ride at 17, Emmet worked in the motorcycle industry before joining Autoweek in 2022. The woes of alternate side parking have kept his fleet moderate, with a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI and a 2003 Honda Nighthawk 750 street parked in his South Brooklyn community.

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