2011 MINI Rocketman Concept

Straight from the minds of the masters of cutting-edge quirkiness comes another concept that’s headed for the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. With so many concepts already scheduled to be unveiled at the event, MINI ’s not the type to miss out on all the action. So they decided to join in on the fun with the Rocketman Concept.

The vehicle, which is being positioned as a “3+1”-seater, is in its concept and design stages, so we’re going to hold our breaths to see if the reception in Geneva is good enough to warrant a production version.

As far as aesthetics are concerned, MINI gave the Rocketman quite a doozy of unique features, including doors that open by having the entire sill come out together with the door. There’s also the obligatory full LED headlights and tail lights, doses of carbon fiber on the front and rear, a waistline line strip, a wraparound greenhouse, a cool glass roof configuration that features the Union Jack, and a set of 18” alloy wheels that have aerodynamically active surfaces. And that’s not to mention the fact that the whole concept is built with a carbon spaceframe, giving it a light and stiff underpinning.

UPDATE 12/27/11: Is the MINI Rocketman headed to the production line? MINI’s Head of Design, Anders Warming, has made it known that the car is on his "Christmas wish list" and the reception towards the concept from customers has been nothing short of positive. With that said, we’re not going to jump excitedly until a confirmation is made. But it is pretty exciting to know that discussions are already in place to have the Rocketman Concept green-lighted for production.

More details on the MINI Rocketman Concept after the jump.

Inside the car, the seating configuration is what’s most striking about the Rocketman Concept. Designed as a two-seater, with the typical passenger seat next to the driver seat, the Rocketman gets its “3+1”-seater designation because of two hidden seats. One is located just behind the front passenger seat and can be used when the main passenger seat is slid forward slightly and the other is located beside the driver’s seat to accommodate a passenger. Adding a more ambient and luxurious touch to the interior of the Rocketman includes a prevalent use of what looks to be suede leather on the dash and center console, as well as the integration of optical fibers that provide an ambient mood lighting inside the car.

For a brand that doesn’t lack in city cars, MINI’s new Rocketman Concept may end up being the one that captures our imagination - that is if this concept finds its way into production.


10 comments:

This concept would really need to put it on the production. I bet there’re a lot of car lovers would surely love to have this very cool and futuristic mini vehicle! I just only hope that it is not on an electric motor.

Very detailed car, nice configuration from roof, to exterior through its interior concept. Cool car and unique features, the headlights also very expressive likewise the the front opening view.

The mini cars are really impressive. This concept is some kind of funny look but cute. Plus they add one more seat, It is now a four-seated mini car. This is truly amazing.

Rocketman Concept is a cool glass roof configuration a revise version of Jack and Jill history of model car, This car will surely brings a sort of fun and enjoyment while having a driving experience.

Basically, This is cute and simple mini car. Yet gives you a great deal on it in handling the wheels that still manage the great speed capacity.

I really don’t understand why they called this one as the Rocketman, since it really doesn’t look all that flashy. Though, it still looks cool in its own right.

Wow, this one is definitely a good take on the Mini. To think that the car is this small, yet they were able to squeeze in a lot of innovations. I really hope that this car really gets built.

What I love about cars like Minis or Fiat 500s is that you can get really crazy with their design, to the point where it would just look rediculous with any other car, but with them, it just seems to fit somehow. They’re little cars just screaming at you to "bring on the insanity, I can take it! And they’re right.

I do not think that paying a premium price for a small luxury car is out of the question but the Mini is not all that luxurious nor is its reputation for mechanical reliability very high.

I live very close to the main BWM/Mini sales place in Düsseldorf and am impressed by how many Minis I see around here. I was also impressed by the staggeringly high price of the cars in the showroom where, in BWM-fashion, every little extra is an option offered at an inflated sum.

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