MINI circa 2020 bears little or no resemblance to the one born out of the Suez crisis in the mid 1950s and the ensuing oil shortage that hastened the demand for affordable motoring.
But with the world now facing new environmental and economic challenges, it was inevitable that MINI would ditch fossil fuels and go electric.
So does pairing up one of the world’s most iconic cars that’s small, nimble and has kart-like handling, with a powertrain that brings instant acceleration, low running costs and near silent progress, work? Continue reading
ADDING a lithium-ion battery and a Hybrid badge to Suzuki’s Swift Sport might have helped add a modest bit of excess weight – but it hasn’t made it any less enjoyable to drive.
It’s still what we refer to hereabouts as the Japanese Mini Cooper. It’s got the same compact dimensions, it comes as standard with the sort of agile handling that has had MINI owners dribbling for years, and it’s got a sweet high revving engine.