MINI has revealed the new Superleggera Vision roadster concept.
The new MINI, which will make its public debut at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, was created in conjunction with Milan coachbuilders Touring Superleggera and is the strongest hint yet that the Anglo-German company is planning a serious Mazda MX-5 rival.
“The MINI Superleggera Vision elegantly perpetuates what the Classic Mini started 55 years ago: reduction to the essentials. Its energetic, minimalistic design embodies the dynamic essence of an automobile” said Anders Warming, Head of MINI Design.
If put into production, the Superleggera would likely replace the outgoing Roadster model and sit atop a new range of MINI models.
While the headlights and grille are obviously MINI, the rest of the car marks the biggest departure in style since the brand’s rebirth over a decade ago.
The large, sculpted body panels, low roadster windscreen and protruding rear fin are the most distinctive aspects. More subtle touches include 3D embossed bonnet “stripes”, union flag rear lights and carbon fibre front splitter.
Piero Mancardi, CEO of Touring Superleggera, said, “We are delighted that MINI wanted to stimulate an independent initiative and particularly Italian design for the first time. This project also shows MINIs attention to preserving and nurturing the skills of craftsmanship incorporated in modern coach building.”
Inside, the three-spoke steering wheel and central speedometer/entertainment screen are familiar but they are joined by a single piece of brushed aluminium, contrasting brown and black leather and sports bucket seats.
No real mechanical details have been revealed, other than the fact that the concept is electric powered, but a production version is likely to share its engine and drivetrain with a future Cooper S or JCW model.