Video: Can a MINI Cooper SE beat a Tesla Model 3 in a drag race?

The new MINI Cooper SE is now being delivered to its first customers around the world. The first ever commercially sold electric MINI is now … The article Video: Can a MINI Cooper SE beat a Tesla Model 3 in a drag race? appeared first on BMW BLOG

Video: Can a MINI Cooper SE beat a Tesla Model 3 in a drag race?

The new MINI Cooper SE is now being delivered to its first customers around the world. The first ever commercially sold electric MINI is now starting is actually proving to be quite popular. But how will it fare in a drag race against a car that is much, much more powerful? Will it be able to keep up with a Tesla Model 3?

Well, the short answer is no. The power difference between the two is just too big and the weight difference doesn’t make much of a difference at all. The Tesla Model 3 you’re about to see in the video below is the Performance model too, which means it adds even more power and all-wheel drive to the mix. To be honest, some pretty great sports cars seem to have trouble keeping up with the Model 3 in a straight line, thanks to its instant torque and seriously impressive launch capabilities.

But how big is the power difference, exactly? Well, the Model 3 Performance has 450 HP and 471 lb-ft of torque at its disposal and it will do 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds. That’s more than half the time it takes the MINI Cooper SE to reach the same speed. In contrast, the British car has 184 HP and 199 lb-ft of torque at its disposal, doing the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in 7.3 seconds.

Therefore, there’s no way the MINI could keep up. Or is there? Well, after the initial drag race in which the Tesla stomped the MINI, the guys from InsideEVs decided to put the Tesla Model 3 in its most efficient driving mode, to try and even out the odds. The ‘Chill’ mode puts the Tesla into a sedate state, limiting its power output and other amenities to keep the energy consumption to a minimum. This time the drag race went down a lot different than in the first attempt. Check it out.

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SPIED: Upcoming BMW i4 Caught Juicing at the EV Bar

It’s always fun seeing spy shots of cars that are still in production. It’s like spotting some rare wild animal in its natural habitat, doing … The article SPIED: Upcoming BMW i4 Caught Juicing at the EV Bar appeared first on BMW BLOG

SPIED: Upcoming BMW i4 Caught Juicing at the EV Bar

It’s always fun seeing spy shots of cars that are still in production. It’s like spotting some rare wild animal in its natural habitat, doing something that you wouldn’t normally see it doing. Except, instead of seeing a rare tiger licking its… paw… we’re seeing a BMW i4 stopping for some juice. (We don’t own these spy photos so you can check them out here)

In these new spy photos, we get to see a camouflaged BMW i4 test mule surprisingly up close and personal. These photos offer a better look at the i4 than almost any other ones we’ve seen. Most of what we can see from the design we’ve already seen before. However, there are a few things that stand out that interest us.

BMW i4 Concept

For starters, we can see the top of the new grille design through the mesh camo at the front and it seems to be the same sort we’ve seen on the M3 and M4. So it seems to lack a grille surround trim, almost as if the kidney grilles have just been cookie-cut out of the front end. Though, that could just be how it looks through the camo. It also has the same flush exterior door handles as the i4 Concept (!). Personally, I love flush door handles, maybe it’s just from owning an E36 for so many years, and I’m happy to see them making a comeback. Funnily enough, it seems as if BMW has fake looking door pulls, to match all other current BMWs, in the camouflage.

When the BMW i4 finally debuts, it will supposedly pack over 300 miles of range, have over 500 hp and nail 60 mph in the low four-second range. If that’s the case, and it’s priced under $100,000, the BMW i4 could very well be one of the best EVs on sale. We can’t wait to see it. Maybe just front the back and side, though…

[Source: Car Scoops]

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