Mini Superleggera Still Under Consideration For Production
According to Mini boss and board member, Peter Schwarzenbauer, the Superlegger Vision Concept is still being evaluated for possible production.
“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.
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.