Is Mini Superleggera concept headed for production?

Production version of the two-seat Superleggera might arrive in early 2018

Published: March 19, 2015, 10:45 AM
Updated: November 23, 2021, 11:56 AM

Mini Superleggera Concept


Contrary to an earlier report by Britain's CAR magazine that the BMW board has given the green light for production of the Mini Superleggera concept car, BMW's board member in charge of Mini, Peter Schwarzenbauer, has been quoted as saying, “I cannot confirm that it has been approved yet.” But he added that he is “still pushing” to get the production model approved.

The open-top Superleggera two-seater concept, which was shown at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto in February, first appeared at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in May 2014.

A version of that car reportedly is being considered for production in early 2018, as a replacement for the marginally successful Mini Roadster.

It would be one of the five core models to remain in the third-generation Mini lineup, which is being rejigged to focus on fewer models. The Mini range has proliferated to include such ultra-niche models as the Paceman, Coupe and Roadster.

While the concept employs a complex all-wheel-drive hybrid system, the production model would likely rely on the base models' front-wheel-drive architecture and powertrain. But never say never: a lot could happen by 2018.

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