Mini Cooper Electric John Cooper Works spied: a JCW volt from the blue

Published: 16 August 2023

► New Mini John Cooper Works spied
► It’s the electric Mini JCW hot hatch
► Fresh spyshots, intel, specs and more

The new 2024 Mini Cooper Electric John Cooper Works is conducting validation testing on the public roads around Munich, allowing our spy photographers to capture the latest scoop pictures of the new battery bruiser.

It’s BMW’s answer to the growing band of electric hot hatchbacks gradually filtering through to market: a case of old-world thinking meeting the new-world order. Historically, performance derivatives have been seen as aspirational and a cut above mainstream models – and now manufacturers appear to be fusing the two genres together again.

Witness the dawn of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, the Abarth 500e and forthcoming Alpine 290β pocket rockets.

Mini Cooper Electric JCW: what to expect

The new Mini Cooper Electric will be revealed officially on 1 September at this autumn’s IAA car show in Munich and these spyshots reveal the fizzier JCW sporting derivative.

Electric hot hatch: the new Mini John Cooper Works

Unlikely to be revealed before autumn 2024 at the earliest, the Mini Cooper JCW is the high-performance version of the new Mini hatchback.

These spyshots reveal a butch bodykit comprising a lowered stance, pronounced front air dam and rear diffuser, side skirts and a rear spoiler comprising mini shark finlets on the rooftop to manage airflow across the car.

Look closely and lower-profile tyres and enlarged brake discs appear to be on the menu, too, signifying that this is a proper performance overhaul, not merely a styling exercise.

Specs, battery size and more

No official figures are available yet for the 2024 Mini Cooper Electric John Cooper Works (JCW), but our sources suggest a brawnier single-motor set-up will be fitted to flex the regular Cooper SE’s powertrain.

Notice the diffuser, side skirts and rear spoiler on the 2024 Mini Cooper Electric JCW

The next-generation Mini Cooper Electric comes in two battery sizes – the 54kWh offering a 250-mile range and a smaller 40kWh with a 200-mile range. Expect the larger battery in the JCW, which is tipped to drive more than 200bhp through the front axle.

We’ll update this story once we know more.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches