Mini Celebrated 61 Years Of Mini With The Launch Of 2 New Models In Malaysia

In order to celebrate their 61st birthday, Mini Malaysia launched the fully electric Mini Electric and the high performance Mini John Cooper Works GP in Malaysia.

First up, we take a look at the Mini Electric. The new MINI EV takes up model-specific bumper and grille blades in Vigorous Grey (also in yellow) with yellow E-Badge at the front. Standard head- and rear-lights are Matrix LEDs front and the rear has lights with Union Jack design.

The car’s profile has E-Badge on the side scuttle, aero-optimized mirror caps in either black or yellow and mirrors with anti-dazzle. Completing the package are 17-inch two-tone wheels with run flats. From the rear, there’s a charging flap with embossed E-badge in body color and tailgate handle in Vigorous Grey, as well as badges and bumper with diffuser.

A MINI is instantly recognizable on the inside, but this MINI EV has model-specific goodies including MINI Electric Cockpit fascia, a Start/Stop button in yellow, anti-dazzle rear view mirror, unique floor mats, a selector lever and a switch to toggle brake energy recuperation. Other than that, there’s Leather Cross Punch seats in Carbon Black, 12-Color Illuminated ambient lighting, a boot space of 211 liters (expandable up to 731 liters), 8.8-inch toucnscreen, 5.5-inch Digital instrument cluster, HUD and 12-Speaker Harman Kardon Sound system.

The MINI EV is powertrain is aided by an electric motor to produce 184 HP and 270 Nm of torque. Reaching a maximum speed of 150km/h and a driving range of up to 270km (NEDC), the MINI EV is capable of achieving the century sprint in 7.3 seconds. The three-door hatch will also be driven with a single-speed transmission. Charging up to 80 percent takes 2 ½ hours either with a wallbox or specific charging options. The charging progress can be viewed on the inside of the car’s charging flap.

The MINI EV is equipped with brake energy recovery, which converts energy into electric power. The car has four driving modes: Sport, Mid, Green and Green with limitation. With actuator-contiguous wheel slip limiter (ARB) function, traction is greatly improved. The function also reduces power understeering that usually occurs with front-wheel drive vehicles. The rear axle is configured to the front axle, which features electric-specific steering knuckles; this enables an electric-specific suspension setting in combination with the body-mounted wheelhouse liners. Additionally, there’s the MINI eDrive, a state-of-the-art feature that offers intelligent digital services and functions for a hassle-free drive. At the same time, MINI Connect app gives the driver full information of the car’s status.

The new MINI EV is the first to be equipped with the Driving Assistant system. This camera-based driving assistance system package consists of the Speed Limit info, as well as the digital high-beam assistant which automatically activates at speeds of 50 km/h and higher, or when there is insufficient exterior lighting. Other standard assistive systems are Park Assistant, front and rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control with braking function and Wired packages.

The new MINI EV comes in White Silver with yellow shade, Green and Red colors, and it comes at a price tag of RM 218,380.78.

Moving on to the Mini John Cooper Works GP. The Mini GP is powered by a 2.0L engine that produces 306bhp and 450Nm of torque towards the front wheel via an 8-speed automatic transmission that is hooked up to a Torsen mechanical limited slip differential. This allowed the Mini GP to accelerate from standstill to a 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 265km/h.

The Mini GP is a limited edition car, with 3000 units available internationally. BMW Malaysia manage to secure 10 units for Malaysians to enjoy with a price tag of RM 377,470.90.

On the outside, the Mini GP gets some unique styling to make the differentiate the tracked focus Mini from the regular Mini. The highlights for the Mini GP exterior are the 18” JCW GP Two-Tone Wheels, GP Central Twin Exhaust Tailpipe, GP Aerodynamic Kit, GP Rear Spoiler, Numbered GP Carbon Fibre Side Fenders, Roof and Mirror Caps in Melting Silver, and Mini GP Specific Front Grille with GP Logo.

Stepping inside the Mini GP, there are also some GP specific touches to made it a truly GP experience for the drivers. The Mini GP gets GP Dinamica Leather in Carbon Black, GP Numbered Interior Surface, GP Door Sill Strips, GP Floor Mats in Velour, GP Specific Digital Multifunction Instrument Display, John Cooper Works Sport Seats for Driver and Passenger with Lateral Support, and Walknappa Sports Steering Wheel With Multifunction and 3D Printed Shift Paddles and Metal Clip Centre Marking.

More information on the New Mini Electric and Mini John Cooper Works GP can be found at www.mini.my.

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