Mini Boss Can’t Confirm Reports That Superleggera Is Production-Bound

APR 15 2015 BY STAFF 4

MINI Superleggera Vision

MINI Superleggera Vision

Recently, CAR magazine published a story on the MINI Superleggera Concept being approved for production starting in 2018. Just twenty four hours later, MINI Chief Peter Schwarzenbauer said he couldn’t confirm if a roadster based on the Superleggera concept for the MINI brand was approved and that the board has not decided whether to add a “mini MINI” that would be built with Toyota.

Schwarzenbauer said the Superleggera would be a “great addition to the MINI range” but added: “I cannot confirm that it has been approved yet.”

Schwarzenbauer also said that Mini needs an electric variant because it is an urban brand and EVs are most suitable for cities. “Electrification of Mini is very important. We are working on that, but I cannot confirm when and what,” he said.

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MINI SUPERLEGGERA VISION photos 26 750x500 MINI Chief says Superleggera not actually approved

MINI SUPERLEGGERA VISION

With a smaller package, MINI needs to find the perfect spot to place the large battery pack. “Finding available space in a car as small as the Mini is not easy,” Schwarzenbauer said.

The MINI Superleggera Vision Concept has been highly praised by the automotive world, so it won’t surprise us if a slightly revised version would eventually be approved for production.

[Source: AutoNews]

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4 Comments on "Mini Boss Can’t Confirm Reports That Superleggera Is Production-Bound"

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I’ve seen some reports saying that it is production bound but as an ICE car. If so, it is dead to me.

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Think you would find that the mini is significantly bigger than the Smart EV, iMiEV and Spark, so plenty of space for a battery. The Mini has not been mini for quite a few years.

Great looking car, hope it makes it to production as an electric, which it needs to differentiate itself from other ICE 2 seaters like the new Miata.

(Please, no comments about the lack of a 5th seat…)