In general I like the cars that Mini makes, but I despise the iterative nature of its designs and its constant collection of “different” models and trim levels. Taking one basic car and turning it into one-hundred and eleventy different models is silly and annoying. That said, Mini’s latest concept creation, the Superleggera Vision Concept , is every bit as interesting as it is stunning to look at. It feels like the first true new Mini design since the brand returned in 2003. With a collection of retro cues and futuristic design touches, the car is a truly inspirational design.
I am not the only person who feels that this should be the new future direction of Mini design, and now rumor has it that Mini could actually build it.
The story comes from Automotive News, which cites information provided by Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer at the car’s unveiling. Schwarzenbauer said the car was created to see how well the Mini fans would respond to something that looked like a radical departure from the brand’s traditional design. His words were, “It has received overwhelming appreciation.” He also said he could see a production version of this roadster if the BMW board approves the project.
Here is to hoping.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Superleggera Vision Concept.
Why It Matters
If Mini can create a car like this and have it sell, it will finally open the door for truly unique and interesting cars to car from the brand. Mini feels much like Jaguar did in the late 90s and early 2000s. They are stuck in this design hole of "retro modern" cars that look exactly almost identical to the car that first hit showrooms more than a decade ago.
Having more interesting cars on the road will never be a bad thing. Getting new Minis is just a bonus.
The Mini Superleggera Vision Concept is a one-off design study about the potential future of Mini vehicles. The car features a design that feels like what 1950’s America thought of the future. It has lots of smooth modernist lines with subtle classic touches, like a rear body fin. Subtle details like taillight that look like the Union Jack add character and flair.
The concept itself makes heavy use of carbon fiber to increase strength while reducing weight, and it makes use of a fully electric drivetrain. If produced, I would expect Mini to use the carbon tub created for the i3 city car, and a combination of traditional Mini engines, as well as hybrid and pure-electric powertrains.