Here’s the electric Mini convertible you CAN’T have
Singapore - Here’s a car that you might want, but can’t have.
This is the new, all-electric Mini Cooper SE Convertible. Yes, you read that right: convertible and electric.
Only 999 units of the electric convertible will be made for Europe, a region in which it should do fairly well.
According to the BMW Group, electric Minis accounted for 31% of sales in Germany and an electrified (EV and PHEV) Minis accounted for 96% of sales in Norway.
It would’ve been the only convertible EV on sale in Singapore but sadly, we’re not getting it on our sunny shores.
Available in both black or white (enigmatic black and white silver), the Mini Cooper SE Convertible has several exterior elements finished in Resolute Bronze, just like the Mini Resolute Edition that IS available in Singapore.
It also shares the same dimensions as the conventional ICE-powered Mini Convertible, with the same folding roof that features a union jack motif.
Under the bodywork lurks the same electric drivetrain as the Mini Cooper SE, which means you get a 32.6kWh battery pack and the same 184hp/270Nm electric motor.
0-100km/h is a shade slower at 8.2 seconds, but you get the added benefit of the wind blowing through your hair with the roof down.
And there are no emissions, because EV.
But it’s going to cost you. A lot. And we do mean a lot.
For reference, the Mini Cooper SE coupe starts at £29,000 in the UK and S$223,888 in Singapore.
The hard top Mini EV has an OMV just shy of S$40,000 so it's unencumbered by the latest revisions to the local ARF scheme post Budget 2023 speech.
But according to our cousins in London, only 150 (of the 999) Mini Cooper SE Convertibles will be headed for the UK and each will set buyers back £52,500 British pounds. That’s nearly BMW i4 eDrive40 money in pounds sterling.
So if this Mini electric convertible were to come to Singapore, prices may start north of the S$350,000 mark.
Thankfully, it’s not a problem we’d have to contend with.
Again, because none are coming to Singapore.
PHOTOS BMW Group