Where better to drive an electric Mini than on the roof of an old Fiat factory?
We all have lists in our heads of our favorite movie car-chase scenes, and narrowing it down to the very best would be no easy task. But it'd certainly include the Minis zipping around Turin in "The Italian Job." And the British manufacturer itself has revisited one of those scenes in this latest clip.
We're referring, of course, to the 1969 original (though the 2003 remake was pretty good, too). And as memorable as the subway scene from that cult classic may be, Mini hasn't gone underground here. Instead, it's gone way above ground, and given it a modern twist.
Amusingly entitled "The E-Talian Job," the clip takes the new Mini Cooper SE up to the old test track atop the Lingotto building on Via Nizza. The facility was once one of the biggest car factories in the world, and belonged (somewhat ironically) to Fiat – producer of the similarly retro Cinquecento – which would take its cars up to the roof to test them. The building has long since been converted to house a hotel, shopping center, theater, concert halls, even a university faculty... but the test track is still up there – just as it was decades ago. Including when they filmed part of the Mini chase scene there in the late '60s.
As spritely and frugal as those original Minis were, they still used at least some gasoline. The new Cooper SE featured in this brief clip, however, does not. It's the brand's first regular production fully electric vehicle, adapting the three-door Hardtop hatchback's signature go-kart handling to the age of batteries. It packs a 184-horsepower electric motor and a 32.6-kWh lithium-ion battery to deliver a 0-62-mph time quoted at 7.3 seconds and a range projected between 146 and 168 miles. It's set to begin reaching dealers in the spring, and when it does, we're sure it'll be at least as much fun to drive as any other Mini – on the roof, in a tunnel, or (more likely) on the road.