Happy 61st Birthday MINI!

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August 26, 2020, Kuala Lumpur – BMW Group Malaysia, the official distributor for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad vehicles in Malaysia, has launched the new all-electric MINI Cooper and the MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) GP – the most powerful MINI GP.

“As a brand set in the cornerstones of passion, MINI continues to deliver maximum thrilling driving excitement, while innovating to provide a more sustainable go-karting thrill in this generation.

“For the very first time and in celebrating MINI’s 61st Birthday, we are thrilled to bring this innovation into reality with the new all-electric MINI. The new all-electric MINI further expands the electrified line-up of MINI models here in Malaysia,” said its managing director Harald Hoelzl during the unveiling event.

Hoelzl said that the electrified MINIs have become a fan-favourite amongst MINIacs nationwide, since its first introduced the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid in 2017.

“In just 2019, MINI delivered close to 17,000 units of the MINI Countryman PHEV worldwide. This success drives our commitment towards electromobility even further, as it underlines the increasing shift towards electrified vehicles amongst MINIacs globally,” Hoelzl said.

The stylish three-door hatch is powered by the powerful front-axle electric motor developed by the BMW Group that generates up to 184 hp and 270 Nm of torque. It is capable to reach a maximum speed of 150 kph and a driving range of up to 234km tested with Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) or 270km tested with The New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

WLTP is a new testing regime which was began to be used since September 2017, that replaces NEDC lab test that was introduced in the 1980s. NEDC is a single, 20 minute test cycle, while WLTP a dynamic cycle of 30 minutes. On top of that, There are two phases of tests for NEDC over 11 kilometres at an average speed of 24 kph, while WLTP is tested in four phased over 23km and an average of 47 kph.

MINI claims that the new all-electric MINI is able to complete the century sprint in 87.3 seconds and it consumed about 16.8 to 14.8 kWh per 100km of travel. It is able to recharged from zero to 80 percent within two and a half hours with the MINI Wallbox Plus, or about 36 minutes by using a DC charging station. Alternately, there is also the yellow contingency charging cable (which is available with the vehicle), that will take 12-hours to charge to 80 percent from zero.

The new all-electric MINI is equipped with the 5.5-inch digital instrument cluster, model-specific radiator grille with yellow E-badge, grille blades, rear bumper with diffuser, Matrix LED headlights, Union Jack design LED rear lights, E-Badge on the side scuttle, aero-optimised mirror caps, with anti dazzle function, 17-inch wheels, four driving modes, actuator-contiguous wheel slip limiter, MINI electric cockpilt, MINI Electric start/stop button in yellow, MINI electric velour floor mats, electronic selector lever, anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, leather upholstery, 12-colour illuminated ambient lights, multifunction sport leather steering wheel, 211 litres of bootspace, 8.8-inch MINI navigation system with MINI Connected suite, head up display, 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and wireless charging platform for mobile phones.

Some of the safety features include the driving assistant system which consists of speed limit info, digital high-beam assistant, person warning with city braking function. Concurrently, there is also the park assistant, front and rear park distance control, cruise control with braking function and many more.

Meanwhile, the company also took the opportunity to introduced the the most powerful MINI GP, the JCW GP.

“In MINI’s 60 years of gracing both the racetrack and the streets, we continue to be reveled for our legendary racing success that took the industry by storm in 2006. Today, 14 years on, designers and engineers at MINI are paying tribute to the first MINI John Cooper Works GP once again with the successor – the fastest and most powerful MINI GP ever built.

“With only 10 units made available for MINIacs in Malaysia, we look forward to the new MINI John Cooper Works GP setting new benchmarks for performance in the premium compact car segment,” said Hoelzl.

The fastest MINI JCW GP is running on the two-litre, four-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo petrol engine, paired with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission with mechanical differential lock. It produces 306 hp and a peak torque of 450 Nm.

MINI declared that the JCW GP is able to dash from standstill to 100 kph in 5.2 seconds with a maximum speed of 265 kph. The MINI JCW GP is significantly faster than its predecessors by completed the Nurburgring in less than eight minutes.

Some of the key features of the JCW GP are the 18-inch lightweight forged wheels, a combination of thermoplastic substructure and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) aerodynamic properties which includes the wheel arch trims, Dinamica leather sports seats, red belt straps, model-specific JCW leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, newly developed torsion damper, model-specific suspension set-up, MINI Visual Boost with 8.8-inch display, 5-inch colour screen instrument cluster, newly designed swivel bearings enable increased camber levels on the front and rear wheels, wireless charging bay and many more. There are three exterior colour offering for the all-electric MINI, which are the White Silver with Energetic Yellow pairing, the British Racing Green and the Chili Red. 

As for the MINI JCW GP, it is available in the exclusive Racing Grey metallic, accompanied by Melting Silver metallic, high-gloss Chili Red, Rosso Red Metallic matte, and black.

Both the all-electric MINI and the JCW GP are available at all authorised MINI dealership nationwide from August 26, 2020. They can be booked online via https://shop.mini.my/booking/mini-electric, with a booking fee of RM 1,000.

All MINIs are covered by MINI Malaysia’s 5 years roadside assistance programme, MINI 4 years unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service, and 8 years or 100,000 km whichever comes first high voltage battery warranty for the all-electric MINI.

The recommended retail prices with sales tax exemption for the all-electric MINI is RM 218,380.78, while the JCW GP is priced at RM 377,470.90. All prices mentioned are the on-the-road and for personal registration, excluding insurance.

With the Balloon Financing from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia, ownership of the new all-electric MINI starts from RM 2,421 per month and RM 4,184 per month for the JCW GP. The figures are based on estimates of 80 percent loan on a five-year tenure.

For more information on the new all-electric MINI and JCW GP can be found at www.mini.my.

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