Mini Superleggera Still Under Consideration For Production

JAN 9 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 13

MINI Superleggera Vision

MINI Superleggera Vision

According to Mini boss and board member, Peter Schwarzenbauer, the Superlegger Vision Concept is still being evaluated for possible production.

Per Autocar:

“Mini is continuing to evaluate the impact of the Superleggera Vision concept. In some quarters it has gone down so well, says Mini brand head Jochen Goller, that customers have visited dealers to place orders.”

We too would place an order today if it were a plug-in in final production form.

The concept version is a BEV based on the BMW i3, but there’s been no firm indication from Mini as to whether or not the electric drivetrain will remain in place if the Superleggera gets the production nod.

Autocar adds:

The Superleggera was built to see ‘“how the public would react to a Mini stretched in a way that it had never been stretched before”, says board member Peter Schwarzenbauer, “and react to design cues that were back to basics, reduced to the max. We got an extremely positive reaction to it, although some hardcore Mini fans said ‘no, that’s not a Mini’.”

Schwarzenbauer reckons its rear-drive layout “is a natural,” and the “simpler interior and electric drivetrain are where the brand is going direction-wise.” But of the roadster concept itself “we are not sure yet – the volume is low, and how many open cars do you need in a range?”

If the Superleggera makes it to production, it will be Mini’s range-topper, so expect a price of no less than $26,000, plus options.  We figure pricing would be well into the high $30,000 range.

Source: Autocar

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13 Comments on "Mini Superleggera Still Under Consideration For Production"

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Doug B

Give it two electric motors for AWD and it would be a heart stopper.

Speculawyer

I don’t know why people are so enamored by AWD. Whatever is cheaper is fine with me.

Mike

Yes, not interested unless there’s a Plug.

Speculawyer

BUILD IT! I want that car so much.

My requirements:
-DC fast-charging. Ideally, you’ll license the right to access superchargers. But the other DC fast-chargers would be acceptable.
-An OPTION for a decent sized battery 40 to 60KWH.

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Taser54

Expect mid 40s starting point if it ever reaches production.

Stephen

If its based on the i3 drive module then a limited edition production version would be in the $50ks. Why not a BMW version too with futuristic body instead of retro?

Alonso Perez

Agreed. There is absolutely no way this car would start at $26K on an i3 platform.

Mid 40’s would actually be quite a good price and should see some volume, by i3 standards anyway. But since it will require a ragtop mechanism and some other model specific hardware, it could cost easily into the 50’s. The windshield would also have a frame around it in a production model, and that would have to be done just right in order to retain the look of the car.

Mini fans are right that it’s not a true Mini, but really, who cares? A Countryman isn’t a true Mini either, and this car looks stunning.

Speculawyer

Fine with me. As long as it hits my two criteria mentioned above.

Brian

Even with modest performance and mediocre range (on par with today’s EVs), I would gladly pay $26,000 for this as an EV!

Speculawyer

If it is an ~80 mile EV, I’ll pay pay $30K. If they want me to pay more, they better put in a much bigger battery.

Robert

“The Superleggera was built to see ‘“how the public would react to a Mini stretched in a way that it had never been stretched before”, ”
Well, speaking as one who has owned about nine ‘PROPER’ Minis, I’m already shocked at how BMW has the nerve to call their car MINI as it is.
The bloody thing is huge compared to the real Mini!

Phr3d

after this many.. so Very many.. concept vehicles over a lifetime, for Once, Just Once, leave the damn design alone and adjust the rest to fit the Design.

I Do Not Care if its aerodynamics are harmed.
I Do Not Care if it -can- be More efficient.
I Do Not Care if it is too expensive.
Leave the exterior Design Alone!

You built the i8 and people couldn’t part with a small House worth of money fast enough to actually get one. Go back to the roots and put a 2.0l ICE and your CO2-happy teeny motor and batteries, give it a 0-60 time of 8-ish seconds with decent options standard and sell it for too low a profit ‘cuz everyone’s gonna talk about it. Offer Two $5k options package, John or whatever.

see also Miata. That ‘budget’ car singlehandedly added Mazda to the lexicon in ways that the brilliant RX-7 Never could.

geosynch

I agree. Build it. There has been tremendous success with the Miata, but it runs on dead-dinosaurs.

Must be open top
Must be RWD
Must be BEV
Must include DCFC

But for god’s sake, quite teasing me and take my money already!