British and Italian Disign Meet to Make the MINI Superleggera

At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 BMW Group has unveiled a concept electrically powered two-seater open-top car called MINI Superleggera.

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 is an open event that celebrates classic car design from the twenties to the seventies. Revealed at this year’s event and harking back to the classic cars of the past, this snug two-seater has a classic and refined look. Almost as if it has been driven here from some strange 1950’s alternate world where the electric motor won over the internal combustion engine.

There are no further details available about the drivetrain of the car other than it is electrically powered so we can’t give you any idea of top speed, charging speed, 0-62 time or so on. But when a car looks this stunning, who really needs any of that?

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design on the concept: “Touring Superleggera and MINI have much in common: both companies attach great importance to their history and this is something which defines their outward appearance to this day. What is more, they both emphasise iconic design and distinctive solutions. These elements are merged in the MINI Superleggera Vision to create an elegant automobile which interprets a British roadster under the influence of Italian style and hand craftsmanship.”

It looks just as good on the inside!

It looks just as good on the inside!

The front of the MINI Superlegger features the traditional MINI design icons: two circular headlights and a hexagonal grille that provide a contemporary interpretation of features which have become firmly established over the last decade.

Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of design of Touring Superleggera, said: “MINI and Touring both believe that proportions are the key factor of beauty, and share the same values of essentiality and innovation. In this car all unnecessary equipment or decoration is sacrificed, as performance is gained through lightness and efficiency of the bodywork and interior. The Italian touch is in the proportions and the typical waistline.”

As a nod to the British-ness of this car, the lights on the flat and wide rear have been modeled on the Union Jack split in two down the middle. The LEDs used ensuring a the British flag always looks its best!

What do you think of the MINI Superleggera? Is this a car you would like to see in production? Would you buy one? Let us know below.


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  • Dennis Pascual

    That is one very cute looking EV Roadster… It does look like something from an alternate timeline and would be a contender to replace my wife’s Roadster when she gives that one up… nnnFrom my G+ comments with +BMW Group – claim to be using the same drivetrain and tech as the i3 and i8…nnnIf they do make it, the question will be, how much?

    • CDspeed

      The other question is, will it be available as an electric car or is this just a preview of the next MINI roadster.

  • Surya

    I like the look a lot. Lately too many sports cars have grown so big, I prefer the smaller ones, and this one looks good as well.

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