We fell in love with the Mini Superleggera Vision Concept from the moment we laid eyes on it. The little convertible blends retro and modern together better than any Mini in years. There is even more good news about the roadster as well because the company is considering actually building it. We even have some renders of what the production version could look like.

Mini Superleggera rearMini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer tells Automotive News at the 2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, that the Superleggera might have a life beyond its debut. "We wanted to test how Mini enthusiasts worldwide were reacting to such a different type of Mini. So far, it has received overwhelming appreciation," he said to AN. But here's the bad news. All of the unique elements of the droptop wouldn't be cheap to build. Pricing would likely be around 35,000 euros if BMW gives it the green light, according to Schwarzenbauer. It's too early to know whether the road car would use the electric motor from the concept or something more conventional.

The Superleggera Vision concept comes from the creative minds at Touring Superleggera who are also responsible for the gorgeous, modernized Disco Volante. The wonderful thing about the design is that it's still obviously a Mini but somehow adds a sprinkle of Aston Martin.

The rendering above comes from Theophilus Chin, allowing us to visualize what the roadster might like if production is granted. It tones down the shape at the front and adds an actual grille. At the back (right), Chin makes the rear end a little more curvaceous but also shrinks the car's fin. In all, even if pricey, we think it's a car that could find some takers if built.


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      dacelbot
      • 7 Months Ago
      Yes! That's awesome. I'm far from a BMW fan and have never particularly cared for Mini, & still probably wouldn't buy this, but it'll be nice to see driving around
      Lamborandon
      • 7 Months Ago
      Looks a lot better with the fog lights removed from the grill/nosecone. Cool car even cooler it will be electric!
      sampson
      • 7 Months Ago
      If it's rwd build it... If it's fwd buy a miata
        JayP
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sampson
        The Mercury Capri was in the same position 25 years ago. Even had more HP but was FWD. There's no longer a Capri. Not even a Mercury.
        JayP
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sampson
        The Mercury Capri was in the same position 25 years ago. Even had more HP but was FWD. There's no longer a Capri. Not even a Mercury.
        JayP
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sampson
        The Mercury Capri was in the same position 25 years ago. Even had more HP but was FWD. There's no longer a Capri. Not even a Mercury.
      Spec
      • 7 Months Ago
      YES! Do it! I'll buy one. But it has to be electric, it has to have a decent sized battery (more than 30KWH), and it has to have DC fast-charging.
        paulwesterberg
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Spec
        Mini is bmw so the battery won't be that big and fast charging will cost extra and.... it will be sae+combo so good luck finding a charger.
      KaBoomBOX
      • 7 Months Ago
      Essentially what the MINI roadster should have been?
      ecdrumguy37
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow, Union Jack Tail lights...Great touch
      lasertekk
      • 7 Months Ago
      OK, you got a great looking roadster on the rear end, looking like a Pininfarina design (looks vintage Fiat124 Spider). But it's still all Mini in the front . Not sexy and curvaceous. Change that.
        Spec
        • 7 Months Ago
        @lasertekk
        Yeah, ditch the fake grille for a nose cone. It is an EV damn it.
      danfred311
      • 7 Months Ago
      Lose the fish mouth and it wouldn't be half bad. You might be able to retain more of the original windshield look though. Some high strength steel doesn't need much material to be strong and safety glass windshield is some tough stuff.
      jonnybimmer
      • 7 Months Ago
      The first Mini variant I've seen that I actually would want.
      BrakeBrakes.com
      • 7 Months Ago
      Kiwi wife says "Want it"
      Keijidosha
      • 7 Months Ago
      Still attractive, even in this more realistic rendering with a windshield that might survive NHTSA scrutiny. Does the boot hide a soft top or retractable hardtop? And what would underpin Mini's Superleggera? Does it drape over BMW’s i3 drivetrain? If the (now empty) “drive tunnel” contains the battery, it would keep the weight low, centered, and ideally distributed for a sports car. And the i3’s ~180 HP, rear wheel drive, and full torque from zero would keep it fun.
      Avinash Machado
      • 7 Months Ago
      Looks quite beautiful.
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