It's no surprise that Mini is working on an updated Mini E electric vehicle. Just a few weeks ago, the automaker's brand manager, Peter Schwarzbauer, said an electric Mini "fits perfectly with the brand, and I am convinced that we will offer a suitable solution." After all, parent company BMW has been evolving the all-electric powertrain from the original Mini E to the ActiveE and on into the i3. It only makes sense that Mini gets some EV love back, right?
Right. So, say hello to the Mini E Coupe. Spotted in Germany, the uncamouflaged Coupe is proudly wearing a grey-yellow-white paint job reminiscent of the original Mini E. It even has a serial number under the side mirrors, just like the original Mini E. Only 450 of those were ever made, but this one sports the number 472, implying that there have been a few Mini Es kept in hiding over the years. You can see more of the car over on Motor Authority.

What these spy shots mean for the Coupe's future – we thought it may be axed soon – is unclear, since the car's uncovered appearance makes us think this thing is ready for some sort of public event instead of serving as a prototype mule. And, given the racing sports car features of this new Mini E – roll cage, racing seats, giant spoiler – Motor Authority wonders if this doesn't herald a new electric Mini attack on the Nürburgring. A gas-powered Mini John Cooper Works GP hit 8:23 on the 'ring in 2012 and a fossil-fueled Mini Coupe participated in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring event in 2011. And, most interestingly, a Mini E lapped the ring in 9:51.45 back in 2010. We have to believe a 2014 update could easily beat that.


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      Robert
      • 1 Year Ago
      Appears to be just as ugly as the last one.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gorgeous (without the wing), fast and electric, what's not to like. Upgrading my MCS to this would be a reality if this didn't cost something like 70k€ over here.
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering what a terrible vehical the last Mini-E was at least this couldn't be any worse .
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jonathan Ippolito
        That vehicle was just a test vehicle. And it definitely did have some problems but I'm sure they've learned from it.
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      Get rid of the "shop for a vehicle" thing. now.
      danfred411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mini is conventionally stupid wasteful engineering. I don't see them migrating to reason anytime soon so electrifying such a wasteful vehicle is not likely to create a competitive product.