MINI has determined to current a convertible version of its Cooper SE (additionally marketed because the MINI Electric) for the summer season. Unfortunately, this isn’t a sequence manufacturing mannequin and is only a special one-off to showcase the model’s capacity to “electrify classic sporty open-air driving in the future.”
Using the physique of the present Cooper S Convertible, MINI engineers stuffed within the Cooper SE’s electrical powertrain with out a lot hassle. As a outcome, the Cooper SE Convertible’s boot house stays unchanged at 160 litres, whereas the scale are equivalent to the Cooper S Convertible is its based mostly on (3,863 mm lengthy, 1,727 mm vast, 2,495 mm tall and a wheelbase of 2,495 mm).
Meanwhile, the entrance-mounted electrical motor delivers 184 PS (181 hp or 135 kW) and 270 Nm of torque identical to within the closed-high Cooper SE. MINI didn’t disclose battery specs, though it must be the identical 32.6-kWh lithium-ion unit seeing how the quoted WLTP-rated range of 230 km isn’t too far off from a daily Cooper SE (232 km following Malaysian specifications).
The folding comfortable high takes 18 seconds to open or shut and might be activated at speeds of as much as 30 km/h, with three settings accessible (open, closed or as a sunroof). This comes on the expense of efficiency, because the convertible takes 7.7 seconds to get from 0-100 km/h, slightly longer than the hardtop that takes 7.3 seconds.
The carmaker is at present engaged on the next-generation MINI Cooper, which will likely be supplied as an electrical automobile (EV) as half of the model’s efforts to go fully electric by 2030. With this one-off creation, there’s a risk we’ll get a convertible MINI that’s additionally an EV shifting ahead.