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MINI Electric

How Far Does an Electric MINI Go on a Full Charge?

The biggest drawback of electric vehicles for many consumers has been the range, and many have wondered if the fully electric MINI will change some of that. This vehicle, which initially went on sale in March of this year, offers some pretty sweet features for an MSRP of under $30,000. Range, though, was a real concern for many buyers. Fortunately, the electric MINI range on a full charge is 146 miles, which is a respectable amount given the wide industry range today.

MINI Electric Range Is Only the Beginning

The range of this vehicle, though, is only part of its appeal. It will also come loaded with lots of amazing features including Apple CarPlay, heated front seats, and keyless entry. Hoping for a little more? It has auto rain-sensing wipers and headlights, as well as a standard driver assistance package.

For some, an electric car translates to less power, but the MINI comes with 181 horsepower, so you should get the power you’ve come to expect from this vehicle line with the new fully electric model. It can move from zero to 60 in just 6.9 seconds, a feat for an electric vehicle like this one. It has a top speed of 93 miles per hour.

The other real selling point of this vehicle, though, is likely to be the tax credits some buyers will see when they purchase it. Federal tax credits could drop the price as low as $20,000, and when you factor in some available state tax credits, buyers could see even lower prices.

Ideal for the commuter, the fully electric MINI may not get the range of a few other big names on the market today, but it certainly gets a respectable mileage that will get you to and from work every day as you do your part to reduce emissions and live a greener life.

To learn more about the fully electric MINI, contact us today!

MINI Cooper Engine

Where Can I Race My MINI Cooper?

Racing the MINI Cooper brand. Sound like a dream come true? You can take this amazing MINI challenge too, but only if you’re a Club Braman member, and it only happens on the Autocross Course at PBIR.

What is Club Braman?

Anyone who has purchased or leased a vehicle from a Braman dealership in the past two years is a Club Braman member. For us, Braman Motorcars is so much more than a brand. Instead, we’re a tightly knit club that means a chance to connect with others.

You probably noticed the difference the moment you stepped into our dealership – Wi-Fi, comfort everywhere, gourmet coffee. It’s all part of our corporate culture. We want you to have the best of everything, and membership in Club Braman is part of that deal.

The Autocross Course at PBIR: A Perfect Setting

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit PBIR, it’s time. Club Braman reserves five dates every year to provide members an opportunity to get some serious track time, and that includes racing your MINI. During our track days, you’ll learn how to handle your vehicle, and you’ll get at least two timed runs around the course in your MINI. We offer you the tips you need to create some serious speed, and you bring your MINI out for some real fun.

We even have a date reserved for your teen driver. We want your teen to be safe on the road, and we want to help them understand just how much fun the Braman driving experience can be. This special date means a chance for fun and safe driving skills. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Not yet a member of Club Braman? There’s never been a time like right now to come out and see us for a test drive. Contact us today.

2020 mini cooper se

New MINI Cooper SE Is Here!

Looking for the new MINI Cooper SE? It’s in stock now at Braman MINI, and you might be surprised and what something in such a small package can do. This MINI electric car can charge in as little as four hours if you’re looking for full power, and you can hit up to 80% of full power in just 36 minutes. One charge will help you go for up to 110 miles! It’s the perfect green vehicle to get you from place to place at a great price – starting at just $29,900 MSRP for the base model.

MINI Cooper SE – Under the Hood

The 2020 MINI Cooper SE has an electric motor inside with 181 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. It can actually get you from zero to 60 in just 6.9 seconds. It’s surprising speed from a fully electric vehicle, but it all comes thanks to spontaneous power delivery and a low center of gravity.

This vehicle is front-wheel drive, and the interior offers lots of benefits, including a standard 6.5 inch touch screen navigation system, real time traffic information, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, and Apple CarPlay. It’s also packed with plenty of safety features like acoustic pedestrian warnings, forward collision warnings, and a rearview camera. Other features include comfort access keyless entry, LED headlights and fog lights, cruise control, and a dynamic digital instrument cluster.

Ready for This Beautiful Car?

It’s right here at Braman MINI, and you can choose from three different trim levels. Whether you’re looking for the base model or something a bit more premium, we can help you fill your dreams. Stop by today for a look inside this fantastic vehicle and even a test-drive to see what it can do behind the wheel.

2020 MINI Cooper Models | MINI Cooper Manual Transmission | Braman MINI of South Florida

MINI Cooper Manual Transmission Returns to US

Did you know that driving a stick-shift vehicle increases fun by 75% and increases your cool factor by at least 50%? Those are completely made-up statistics, but there is no doubt that moving your way through the gears in a manual transmission adds a little spice to the drive and allows you to enjoy a more connected experience with your vehicle. If you agree, we have good news: the MINI Cooper manual transmission is making its way back to the US. 

In 2019, MINI suspended the availability of its six-speed manual transmission models. The reasoning behind the move was that they needed to update the fuel-delivery system in order to boost efficiency and injection pressure. “Additional testing and optimization” was needed before they would re-release the manual option. MINI claimed the hiatus would be short-lived – and they are standing by their word. 

MINI spokesperson Andrew Cutler says that in early 2020, “Customers will be able to resume ordering [two- and four-door] MINI hardtop and convertible models equipped with manual transmission from March 2020 production.”

2020 MINI Cooper Models with a Manual Transmission

It is important to note that not all March 2020 MINI Cooper models will be available with a manual transmission. But, according to MINI, the Clubman and Countryman will be available in manual this summer, as will the John Cooper Works models. Yes, even the JCW! Initially, it was reported that these all-wheel drive performers would be automatic only, but fortunately, this is not the case.

Did you know that 45% of customers who buy the MINI Cooper S want a manual transmission? No, this is not a made-up statistic! It is why MINI is bringing this feature back. People love it! Consumers cite “fun to drive” as the biggest reason for purchasing a MINI, and for many, this means a stick. 

Visit Braman MINI and let’s celebrate the good news together! Ask us about 2020 MINI Cooper models that will be available with manual transmissions. We’re happy to show you why this is an excellent way to experience your MINI.  Contact us today.

2020 MINI Cooper Convertible | Sidewalk Edition For Sale | Braman MINI of South Florida

2020 MINI Cooper Convertible Sidewalk Announced

MINI’s convertible lineup combines the agility and character that the brand is renowned for with an extra dose of fun. They took their quirky appeal to the next level with a special 2020 MINI Cooper convertible charmingly named the Sidewalk Edition. What does this sporty little performer have to offer? 

What’s a Sidewalk 2020 MINI Cooper Convertible?

The limited edition Sidewalk is based on the Cooper S and features a 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo. The convertible churns out 192 horsepower and offers a dual-exhaust system (listen to that baby go!), an ultra-responsive 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch, and steering wheel paddles to maximize that MINI thrill. 

What makes the MINI Cooper Sidewalk Edition special? It’s decked out in a gorgeous, summer-ready Deep Laguna metallic finish with special bonnet stripes with pin lines. You’ll also find “Sidewalk” badges, 17 inch wheels, and a soft top that can be opened or closed in a mere 18 seconds. 

Inside, drivers are treated to a brand new seating design: anthracite-colored MINI Yours Leather Lounge seats with more “Sidewalk” beading and Petrol and Energetic Yellow seams. The dashboard fascia was created just for this model, and it pops with Petrol and Silver details on a Piano Black finish. 

On-board tech is there to help make the drive safer, more convenient, and more fun. Navigation Plus Pack with 8.8 touchscreen display, Satellite Navigation, Real Time Traffic Information, Wireless Charging with Amazon Alexa, front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, heated seats , and a high quality Harman Kardon Hi-Fi sound system, are included. And there’s more: Heads-up display, wind deflector, and Comfort, ECO, and Sport driving modes round out this hot little convertible’s impressive features.

Is the MINI Cooper Sidewalk Edition For Sale?

Sorry, folks, not in the US. There will only be 150 units produced and sold in the UK. Not to worry, though: Braman MINI has an extensive selection of gorgeous 2020 MINI Cooper convertibles that are every bit as satisfying. Pay us a visit and we’ll show you. Contact us today.

MINI Cooper SE | Federal Tax Credits for Electric Cars | Braman MINI of West Palm Beach County, South Florida

Does MINI Cooper SE Qualify for Federal Tax Credit?

Many are looking to take advantage of the federal tax credit for electric cars, and the MINI Cooper SE is a good way to do just that. Offering buyers a $7,500 federal credit, this vehicle is a great way to make use of both federal and local tax incentives, are there are many options out there to help bring the price of this vehicle down.

Under the Hood

The MINI Cooper SE offers more power than you might imagine.  You’ll get 181 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque from this vehicle. It has a 32.6-kilowatt-hour battery. It sits a bit higher to accommodate the battery pack, and weighs 319 pounds more than it’s gas powered brother.  While not at the top of the list for range, this vehicle features a range of 110 miles per charge. It can reach 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, and it has a top speed of 93 miles per hour, which is not bad for a MINI and particularly impressive for a fully electric car. A recharge takes just four hours on a 7.4-kW AC charger.

Inside the MINI Cooper SE

There are some great options with this vehicle. The base trim has been dubbed Signature, and you can get it for $30,750. With that, you’ll get a 6.5-inch infotainment display, heated seats, and a brand new instrument panel screen. Apple CarPlay also comes standard. The Signature Plus model comes at a higher price tag, but you get parking sensors with that, sunroof, and a sound system upgrade. The top level increases the price tag a bit more, but you get a larger infotainment system and navigation, as well as an additional color option.

Ready to look at this amazing vehicle that qualifies for the federal tax credit for electric cars? Visit Braman MINI of Palm Beach, FL today.

Sport Activity Vehicle | MINI Countryman JCW | Braman MINI of Palm Beach, South Florida

What Is a Sport Activity Vehicle?

SUVs are almost everywhere, and statistics indicate that they’re not going anywhere in the near future. In fact, statistics suggest they now claim 43% of the market share in the United States alone, and whether you’re looking at compact models or the much larger variety, the chances are good that if you’re vehicle shopping, you’re at least considering a MINI SUV. After all, there are some pretty amazing options out there!

Sport Utility or Sport Activity Vehicle?

Most people are familiar with the SUV – or sport utility vehicle. It’s literally a cross between a car and a truck. That crossover can be more or less depending on the vehicle you’ve purchased. The sport activity vehicle, though, is a great choice, too. The goal here is that it offers not just passenger carry power, but also work and sport capabilities.

Meet the MINI Countryman JCW

By far the most expensive MINI, the John Cooper Works Countryman comes in at an entry level price of $41,900. It’s a Sport Activity Vehicle, and it has the same underpinnings and drivetrain as the Cooper and the Clubman. It’s set a bit higher, though, and it looks far more adventurous. It features a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder engine with 301 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque.

It comes standard with MINI’s all-wheel drive system, and an eight speed automatic transmission. It can move from 0 – 60 in 5.1 seconds. Inside, you’ll find a nice trunk (47.9 cubic feet of room if you drop the rear seats), as well as the perfect combination of upscale and retro interior this brand is known for – an infotainment system along with toggle switches and small gauges.

Sport activity vehicle may not currently be in your vocabulary, but when you meet the MINI Countryman JCW, you’ll certainly want it to be part of your life.


MINI Cooper JCW GP 2020: What’s the Price?

Long story short: the MINI Cooper JCW GP 2020 will start at $44,900. But what are the words that make up that story? What can we expect from this ultra-sleek performance machine? Let’s take a look:

The 2020 MINI Cooper GP is a limited edition motorcar that features an upgraded turbo charged four cylinder engine that generates 306 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. When it comes to MINI specs, these numbers are certainly supercharged. The horses and torque are complemented by an eight speed Steptronic automatic transmission with an integrated mechanical differential lock that minimizes torque steer. According to our favorite brand, the JCW GP zips from zero to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds. There’s a reason the JCW dominated the track, and MINI continues its championship tradition with its 2020 model.

The 2020 MINI Cooper GP sports a big roof spoiler with a double wing contour, wheel arches with carbon fiber flares, 18 inch alloy wheels, larger air intakes, sport-tuned suspension with high spring and shock rates, lowered ride height, stiffer bushings, precise variable rate power steering, GP Drive Mode, and upgraded brakes.

The Oxford facility will only build 3000 of these beauties. Given the limited production, the price tag is nothing less than exceptional. Since its inception, MINI has sought to create an affordable option for drivers that minimizes driving expense (first with gas/diesel, now with electric) while maximizing comfort and driveability. The MINI Cooper JCW GP 2020 lives up to this promise – adding its own promise to thrill drivers with an exceptional ride with each mile.

Visit Braman MINI of Palm Beach to learn more about the newest JCW. Our expert team is happy to answer all of your questions – and take you for the test drive of your dreams.

MINI Electric

2020 MINI Cooper SE to Arrive in March

The 2020 MINI Cooper SE is set to storm the US in March. Our beloved British brand’s new battery electric model is poised to be a leader in its class, helping make EVs more accessible to consumers. VP, MINI of the Americas, Michael Peyton, says that the automaker is “pleased to offer more people the ability to experience a drive charged with passion in the form of the MINI Cooper SE, an EV that is built ‘for the drive.’”

A MINI electric car is a natural progression of the brand’s trajectory. Back in 1959, Sir Alec Issigonis developed the first MINI with the intent of delivering a solution to the crushing fuel crisis: a fuel-sipping car that was also comfortable. Today, MINI is trailblazing the EV market, reducing our driving footprint and bringing viable, sustainable alternatives to the fore. 

The 2020 MINI Cooper SE thrills with a low center of gravity, zippy powertrain, and that trademark handling we all know and love. This isn’t a Porsche 911 GT RS (top speed: 211, 0-60 in 2.7 seconds) – but MINI aficionados don’t expect that. They expect to handle a twisting, turning labyrinth with sharp corners effortlessly – and with a heart-pounding soundtrack in the background. Or, you know, a trip to the grocery store through narrow city streets. This MINI electric car generates 181 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque, powering the EV from 0 to 60 in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 93 mph.

Our pick for the quirkiest, spunkiest EV? The 2020 MINI Cooper SE. Our pick for the most reliable and stable EV? The best value? The most fun to drive? You guessed it… the Cooper SE. Visit Braman MINI to learn more and test drive this performance machine; you will never be disappointed by a MINI.

MINI Cooper SE | Electric Muscle Car | Braman MINI of West Palm Beach, South Florida

MINI Dubs Cooper SE a Muscle Car

When you think of a muscle car, what attributes come to mind? Speed? High performance? A powerful engine? Likely the mental picture you create isn’t a MINI Cooper SE – but that’s exactly what MINI is suggesting with their most recent publicity stunt.

A Boeing 777F + An Electric Muscle Car

At Frankfurt Airport, the MINI Cooper SE was asked to take on the role of an aircraft tug, which had it towing the aircraft to the loading point. The aircraft was a Boeing 777F unloaded freight aircraft, but that didn’t make it too much lighter, as it still came in at 150 tonnes.

Under the Hood

The fact that it managed to pull the plane is impressive, but what’s under the hood is equally noteworthy. It will share the BMW i3S drivetrain, so you can expect to see a 44.2-kWh 120 Ah battery. The motor should produce 181 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. What’s more, though, is that you should be able to get a range on the vehicle of about 170 miles between charges. 

It can move from 0 – 62 in 7.3 seconds and has a top speed of 93.2 mph. There are four different driving modes for this vehicle, and you can select the right one via a switch next to the starting button. 

That’s a Good Look for You

While it looks pretty similar to a normal MINI Cooper, the front certainly distinguishes itself with a varied fascia and a close grille, as the engine under the hood doesn’t really need to have the cooling ability of the others from this company. It does come standard as a front-wheel drive vehicle. You may not notice, but this is 18 millimeters higher than others because of the difference in the size of the electric motor. 

Inside, you’ll find the familiarity you love from MINI with LED headlamps, electric parking, a round touchscreen that offers connected navigation and multi zone automatic air conditioning.  The app even allows you to heat or cool your car’s interior to the right temperature before you ever climb in.

Whether you need to pull an aircraft or you just love the look of these amazing vehicles, the MINI Cooper SE goes into production in Oxford in November.