DESIGN | THE MINI SUPERLEGGERA VISION: THE CONCEPT MINI NEEDS TO MAKE

May 24, 2014  |  Design

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Built by Mini and Touring Superleggera as a concept for this month's Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, the Mini Superleggera Vision is a low-slung, vaguely Mini-themed two-seat concept roadster that Mini says blends “Modern Britishness” with “Italian flair,” all powered by a fully electric drivetrain.

Designed by Superleggera, the bodywork is done in classic Italian style, hand-shaped and built to please the eye as much or more than any aerodynamicist. The driving theme behind the look is one of minimalism, stripping down the exterior and interior to its most elemental components, then building them back up with purposefully chosen style.

Despite being a Mini, the Superleggera still boasts a traditional roadster layout, with a long hood and a shorter rear deck. The front end boasts a pair of traditionally styled Mini headlamps, which sit above a version of the new Cooper's gaping grille. The profile is brightened by a pair of character lines, the most noticeable of which runs from ahead and over the front wheel wells toward the back of the diminutive droptop. The rear of the car, meanwhile, sports an incredible dorsal fin and Union Jack taillights in homage to the car's British origins.

Inside, the cabin is awash in aluminum and leather trim in a beautifully minimalist layout. The overall theme blends more classic roadster characteristics with traditional Mini touches, and is most notable when looking at the large, thin-rimmed, three-spoke steering wheel that harkens back to old British roadsters. That's accented by the centrally mounted speedometer and the column-mounted tachometer, both classic Mini features.

Of course, it should be noted that this incredible piece of master design work is intended strictly as a concept car to influence overall design direction for the Mini brand, but we can only hope BMW chief Norbert Reithofer comes to his senses and pushes this iconoclast into production as-is, post-haste.

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