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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.

Electric MINI Cooper | MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid | Braman MINI of West Palm Beach, South Florida

How to Charge Your MINI

Electric cars have meant real changes for many vehicle owners. Unfortunately, the charging process isn’t always what they expected, and that’s as true for the MINI as it is for every other electric vehicle on the market. In fact, many electric vehicle owners engage in incredibly dangerous behaviors that might not only damage the car, but everything around it as well. 

Fear not: your electric MINI Cooper is remarkably safe – but it pays to follow the brand’s instructions when you charge up your ride!

What Not to Do

A recent survey from the organization Electrical Safety First found that 75% of the 1,500 EV owners surveyed admitted to using unsuitable extension cords at some point to connect their EVs to charging stations. Of those individuals, 75% said that they had linked multiple extension cords together to reach their cars. Don’t!

A Fast Guide

Whether you have a MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid or any other plug in vehicle, use your dedicated, weatherproofed EV charging cable every single time you plug in. The MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid uses the Type 2 charging standard when you’re at home or in public. 

You can find the inlet behind the front left wheel (just in front of the driver’s door). You can open it by tapping on the charging socket flap, then removing the cover of the plug if you need to. Plug the connectors in, and if you’re at home, it should automatically begin the charging process. If you’re in public, you may need to activate a smartphone app or something similar to initiate charging.  

Once you’re plugged in, you can walk away until it’s complete, which usually takes two to three hours, depending on whether you’re using a fast or slow charging station and cable. Keep in mind, though, that charging time can vary, as you have to factor in how low the battery might be as well as a number of other issues. There is an indicator light on the charging socket to help you know more about where you’re at in the process. If it’s green, the charging process is complete. It it’s flashing yellow, it’s still charging. 

If you lock your vehicle when you walk away, the charging cable is also locked. You’ll have to unlock the vehicle before you walk away. Then, you release it by pressing the button on the handle and grasping the charging cable in the gripping area. 

Owning an Electric MINI Cooper can be a fun change of pace, but understanding how and when to charge it safely is nothing short of a must.

Plug-In Hybrid | MINI Countryman Review | Braman MINI of Palm Beach, South Florida

Plug-In Hybrid MINI Countryman Review

According to a MINI Countryman review, “The Countryman is the MINI’s least mini model.” We like to think of it as MINI – maximized. This plug-in hybrid has ample room for five (yes, even if you’re in the back), and with 17.2 cubic feet of space, you can even bring your stuff along for the ride. Leave the rear passengers at home, and you have 46.4 cubic space to work with. What else do you need to know about the big MINI?

The MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid Basics

This MINI hybrid houses the regular 1.5 liter three-cylinder engine, capable of 134 horsepower. This is coupled with a 7.6 kilowatt battery/motor. Combined output is 221 horses and 284 ft-lb of torque. More than respectable!

Now, the hybrid’s range is not spectacular, and that is a common theme of many a MINI Countryman review. It runs about 12 miles on electric power alone. After that, the 1.5 kicks in to power the vehicle. Remember, though, that MINI was founded on fuel efficiency back in 1959, so you’re looking at up to 28 mpg city and 38 mpg highway…. More than respectable! 

If fuel economy and range are your primary goals in a plug-in hybrid, there are arguably better choices on the market. The Countryman, however, offers that distinct MINI look and feel, and it is superior in terms of build and design than subcompact competitors. 

And it’s a manual! Hey, if you love to drive a manual, this is a huge benefit. It’s one of the only vehicles of its kind with this type of transmission. This car is simply a joy to drive and is packed with all the MINI charm you expect. 

Visit Braman MINI of Palm Beach, Florida to learn more about the plug-in Countryman. We’re happy to answer all of your questions.

MINI Countryman Tent | MINI Accessories | Braman MINI of Palm Beach, South Florida

Why Your MINI Countryman Needs a Roof Tent

Want the freedom to hit the road, explore, and embark on adventures when – and where – the urge strikes? Don’t want to drag a heavy – and gas guzzling – camper or RV behind you? You’re in luck. The MINI Countryman tent offers an easy, convenient, and cozy way to camp on the road. 

There are a host of MINI accessories designed to enhance your experience even further. One of our favorites – especially in the summer months – is a tent specially designed for the MINI Countryman. The 2019 is the biggest model in MINI history, and it features ALL4 all-wheel drive. This means you can take the road less traveled. And if you decide to stay, you can set up your roof tent.

Designed by Autohome and the MINI Design Team, the AirTop roof tent easily mounts to the MINI Countryman’s roof (you’ll need a roof rail carrier, another useful MINI accessory). As you drive, its light, aerodynamic design won’t impede gas mileage or performance. When you’re ready to sack out, just release two safety clasps at the front and two at the rear. From there, four gas pressure springs automatically raise the superstructure of the tent.

The MINI Countryman tent offers a sleeping area for two measuring 6.9’ x 4.3’, a high density mattress with cotton cover, rain proofing, two doors, two windows with zips, close-meshed nets to keep pesky bugs away, battery powered LED interior lighting, luggage nets, storage pockets, noise and heat insulation, and an aluminum ladder – which makes climbing up on your roof a breeze.

The rooftop design allows you to create a safe barrier between you and bugs, critters, snakes, bears… pretty much every creepy crawly that wants to investigate your campsite. You’ll also eliminate the uncomfortable problem of waking up in a puddle when it rains. Another benefit, with the tent on the roof, you have more cargo space for your gear and room for a bike rack on the back. Perfect!

This is one of the most exciting MINI accessories on the market. Take advantage of the freedom and flexibility it offers!

MINI Electric | 2020 MINI Cooper SE Hardtop | Braman MINI of Palm Beach, Florida

First MINI Electric Named

MINI already has hybrid models on the road (e.g., the Cooper SE Countryman All4), but the beloved British brand is poised to release its first mass produced all-electric vehicle soon. The 2020 MINI Cooper SE Hardtop may be a first for the automaker – but it won’t be the last.

MINI Electric

Details about the Cooper SE are still scarce, but MINI has let a few slip. For example, the electric vehicle will have the same powertrain as the BMW i3. Engineers made some tweaks, such as shifting the driven wheels and electronics to the front end, to accommodate the Cooper S architecture. The i3 has a range of about 114 miles; the Cooper SE is expected to deliver about the same.

To accommodate for the extra weight of the battery (the SE is about 384 pounds heavier than a base Cooper), MINI borrows the springs from the Clubman and Countryman, uses unique dampers, and elevates the ride by 0.6 inch.

MINI engineers balanced the goals of adapting to full electric capability with retaining that classic zip and handling. From test drives, they more than accomplished that mission. The added weight doesn’t hinder performance, and the Cooper SE moves effortlessly through twists and turns. More good news: thanks to the 170 hp boost in power, the electric MINI feels faster than a gas-powered MINI Hardtop.

The brand has said they plan on introducing more fully electric models to the family soon.

The 2020 MINI Cooper SE Hardtop will roll out early next year and is expected to be priced similarly to gas models. If you have your eye on a MINI electric vehicle, come in and speak to the experts at Braman MINI of Palm Beach. We’re happy to answer your questions about this model or others that strike your fancy.

2020 MINI | John Cooper Works GP | Braman MINI of Palm Beach, Florida

2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP Arrival Imminent

In 2020, MINI will roll out its most powerful road car yet. Fans of the British icon couldn’t be more excited. The new John Cooper Works GP is already generating plenty of buzz. But what do we know about it so far?

As with most up-market brands, MINI is notoriously secretive about its yet-to-be-released vehicles. Teaser images and spy photos gave us a glimpse of this offering earlier this year, and the latest images bear little disguise. The 2020 MINI JCW GP will feature the beloved bulldog stance with a few race-worthy tweaks.

Of note are the dramatic wheel arches. They are big and bold, so naturally MINI also incorporates larger wheels. We also see a huge rear spoiler and deeper front spoiler. The JCW will have larger brakes and engineers ditched the backseat altogether. This road car is clearly inspired by MINI’s racing heritage.

Speculation is that the John Cooper Works GP will boast the same engine as the BMW X2 M35i. If so, you will see about 302 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. It’s also expected to have the same drivetrain as the X2.

Questions remain: will it be front wheel drive or all wheel drive? Will a manual transmission be an option? We expect so: offering standard transmission has always been a MINI feature we love.

These questions, and more, will be answered later in 2019, with the first models coming out in 2020. In the meantime, visit Braman MINI of Palm Beach to inquire about other exceptional models for lease or purchase. Our expert team is ready to help you drive away in your dream car. MINI has always been a quirky, fun favorite. The John Cooper Works GP both lives up to MINI’s high standard – and, we think, exceeds it!