Budget Direct Renders the Mini’s Style from Six Different Manufacturers
Going small with some of the fastest names in the bizby Jonathan Lopez, on
When it comes to iconic style, the Mini Cooper has to be one of the most recognizable brands on the market. The small stature, the fun-loving lines, the bubbly proportions, the copious detailing, the Union Jack roof… there’s no question what you’re looking at when you see a Mini. As such, it could be interesting to apply the Mini’s style to other major automakers - which is exactly what Budget Direct did with the following six renderings.
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When you think about the Dodge Challenger, there’s a few things that pop up almost immediately - horsepower, quarter mile times, wheelies… you know, that kind of thing.
By contrast, the Challenger Mini is a whole lot, well, cuter. Sure, you still get the bully-like flat front end and hood scoop, but inside the grille, you’ll find Mini’s recognizable intake set between the headlights. The hatchback roof falls into rising rear fenders, giving the Challenger Mini a profile that reminds us of the AMC Gremlin. Even the side pipes make this thing look adorable.
Read our full review of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
Power, presence, prestige - the latest machines from Bugatti bring all these things and more, offering up insane speed potential for top-dollar outlay. The Chiron, for example, can manage 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, and with the right foot firmly planted, it can achieve a top speed that’s limited to 261 mph! Impressive stuff, no doubt, but what if we took the Chiron’s styling and Mini’ized it? Well, now we have our answer.
Interestingly enough, the Mini’s rounded shape actually plays pretty well with the Bug’s styling cues, from the curving fascia, to the swooping C-line in the flanks.
Hopefully, the Bugatti Mini keeps that W-16 powerplant as well… somewhere, we’re not sure where though…
Read our full review of the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.
Over the years, the 911 has remained more or less unchanged.
Sure, Porsche will give it a new lip, or reshaped taillights, or new wheel designs, but overall, Stuttgart’s most-famous sports car keeps the same cues it always has, with a rounded rear end, broad nose, and high-rise fenders. The same can be said of the Porsche Mini, which applies all of the above to the British brand’s chopped hardtop Coupé model.
Read our full review of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3.
Opulence seems to be the main driver behind the Bentley brand, offering buyers the sort of comfort and luxury you’d expect in a high-end penthouse suite, but not necessarily a car.
That’s the same philosophy Bentley tries to convey with its exterior designs, and it works well on a big, bad SUV or sedan.
Ported over to a Mini, though, it looks preeetttty damn weird. At this point, you might as well make another oxymoron - the Mini Limo.
Read our full review of the 2017 Bentley Bentayga.
A few years back, McLaren decided to offer its formula for wild supercar exhilaration at a more accessible price point, and in the process, created the Sports Series. Models like 600 LT, 570 S, 540 C, and 720 S became a smash hit with buyers, but remained out of reach for the masses.
Perhaps the McLaren Mini could change that, offering the same twin-turbo goodness as the rest of the line, but in a smaller, low-cost package…
Read our full review of the 2018 McLaren 720S.
To be honest, this actually feels like a pretty nice fit. Both brands are known for being small, sporty, and fun.
Why not apply the barebones approach of Ariel to the traditional Mini style and platform?
In fact, we think the exposed chassis and suspension pairs quite nicely with the rounded headlights, striped body work, and coupé roof. To be honest, we’d drop everything to get a chance to take a ride in this thing.
Read our full review of the 2015 Ariel Nomad.
Source: Budget Direct