Mini Superleggera Declared Star Of The 2014 LA Auto Show

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 16

Mini Superleggera - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

The plug-in star of the 2014 LA Auto Show, as declared by InsideEVs, is this gem from Mini.

Called the Mini Superleggera Vision and, only a concept, this electrified Mini easily stole the show.  It wooed onlookers and drew the attention of photographers from around the world.

The green focus in LA was on hydrogen fuel cells, but this classically style Mini breaks away from that by providing pure electric propulsion (likely borrowed directly from the BMW i3):

“This exclusive interpretation of an open-top two-seater was created by MINI and Touring Superleggera, the tradition-steeped design and coach building house based in Milan. The MINI Superleggera™ Vision is on the one hand a classic roadster, a compact and agile two-seater, expressing the most minimalist and emotional style of motoring; and on the other hand its electric drivetrain gives the car distinctly modern driving dynamics. In collaboration with MINI, Touring Superleggera™ has designed and built an elaborately crafted, unique model which blends the tradition of classic coachwork construction with the MINI’s authentic British styling to create timeless aesthetic appeal.”

Upon one glance of these images, you’ll see why we declare the Mini Superleggera the star of this year’s LA Auto Show.

Now we need only convince Mini to build it.  We assure you Mini, if you build it, they (buyers) will come.

Mini Superleggera - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

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16 responses to "Mini Superleggera Declared Star Of The 2014 LA Auto Show"

  1. JRMW says:

    Wow!
    Now THAT is an awesome car.

    I love love love this.

    I’m not a car guy. I use a car as a practical transportation device in winter and rainy days when I can’t ride my bicycle.

    And yet I lust after this.

    If it makes even me want an impractical fun car, think what it would do to the rest of America.

    Please make it!

  2. Anon says:

    What does it look like, with the top up?

  3. David Murray says:

    It looks very oldschool, especially the interior. I prefer the space-age look.

  4. Brian says:

    The headlights / front end are reminiscent of a Toyota MR2 Spyder…

  5. BMW is seriously considering bringing this to production. I believe a final decision will be made in early 2015.

  6. John Hansen says:

    Those Union Jack tail lights look AWESOME.

  7. MTN Ranger says:

    Beautiful. If it does make it to production it will be just in time for my mid-life crisis vehicle.

  8. kdawg says:

    It doesn’t have 5 seats! Fail!

    😉

    (ok, what’s the 0-60 in this thing?)

  9. Taser54 says:

    Make it a push button hardtop and put it in production.

  10. Warren says:

    If it comes with a Rex option, I am in.

  11. Thomas J. Thias says:

    +1
    Eric Loveday
    Tom Moloughney
    Tom,your Photography is beyond professional!
    Outstanding!

    Bring it on Mini!

    MORE-

    Yes, MiniUSA has a website for this car:

    Link Goes To MiniUsa-

    http://www.miniusa.com/content/miniusa/en/why-mini/programs-and-events/news-events/mini-superleggera-vision.html

    Yes, MiniUsa Has a Social Network splash site for this car:

    Link Goes To MiniUSA-

    http://www.minispace.com/en_us/article/Unveiling-of-MINI-Superleggera-Vision-A-Modern-Twist-on-Tradition/962/?eid=962

    Yes, MiniUSA has a Twitter Hash Tag Feed for this car:

    Link Goes To Twitter/HashTag/MINISuperleggera

    #MINISuperleggera

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/MINISuperleggera?src=hash

    Yes, MiniUSA has a video on YouTube!

    Link Goes To Mini Posted Video-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPxJHA5b97k

    Build It?

    Damn Right!

    Great call by Inside EVs for naming the MINI Superleggera™ Vision the @LAAutoShow 2014 #ElectricFueledVehicle Star of the Show!

    #EVs3rdWave

    Best-

    Thomas J. Thias

    Sundance Chevrolet Inc.

    517-749-0532

    https://twitter.com/amazingchevvolt

    #NextGenVolt

  12. Josh says:

    Looks great, except the interior door handles. Looks like they stole a piece of outdoor wicker furniture and painted it black.

    Any more word on its “electric drivetrain”? BEV, EREV, hybrid? Automakers have been know to claim the term for everything included start/stop.

    1. Josh says:

      “providing pure electric propulsion (likely borrowed directly from the BMW i3)”

      My bad, I must have been staring at the pictures too much to read the words.

  13. Spec9 says:

    Yes! They have to build it now. BUILD IT!

  14. Red HHR says:

    Because Miata, now with range extending trailers.

  15. Jon says:

    I want to buy one !!! Keep it as it is – with the Union Jack backlights. This car is a clear winner !!!!