Andreas Lampka, head of communications at Mini, says he is “personally thankful” Porsche built an electric performance vehicle in the form of the Taycan.

Speaking to motoring.com.au, Lampka suggested the BMW-backed brand was open to its next generation of John Cooper Works hot hatches using electric powertrains.

“Even if we agree we’re not total fans of electric cars, the torque and the acceleration is impressive. So that’s one thing we learned about EV [electric vehicles]. So why not bring that to John Cooper Works?” he asked.

Lampka went on to say the “emotional appeal of a JCW is the sound of it. And that’s something we just now can’t achieve with an EV”.

“It’s difficult because there’s never been a car like that. I’m personally thankful for a car like the Porsche Taycan. The Teslas did some ground work, but they’re not appealing to me.

“But the Taycan shows that if you’re open to solutions, you’ll find one. No one will argue that a Taycan is not an emotional car,” Lampka said.

Mini’s first production all-electric vehicle, the Cooper SE, is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in “limited quantities” in the first quarter of 2021.