2016 Mini Superleggera Vision Concept Pictures and Review

Displayed at the annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy, Mini is thinking to actually build the 2016 Mini Superleggera Vision Concept. If BMW board approves the concept car, we will see an all-new Mini model, a two-seater concept with no roof with eco-friendly technology.


The automaker already has a two-seater coupe and roadster in its lineup (for the time being, at least), but the Superleggera Vision looks nothing like any past or present Mini. Unlike the stubby and compact proportions that define most Minis, the concept looks more like a classic Italian roadster with a long hood and a high beltline. That’s not surprising considering that Mini teamed with Touring Superleggera, a coachbuilder based in Milan, Italy, to build its new concept.

As its name suggest, Mini and Touring Superleggera used lightweight materials like aluminum and carbon fiber to construct the concept, including its hand-shaped sheetmetal. The front-end features unmistakable Mini traits thanks to its bugged-eyed headlights and gaping grille, while the frameless windshield adds to the lightweight appearance. The concept’s backside features taillights with Union Jack patterns to help solidify Mini’s British roots. Perhaps the most defining feature found in the rear-end is the center-mounted fin, which Mini says adds a “touch of extravagance.”


Of course, the study borrows a few cues from the 2014 Cooper design language, but the overall approach is entirely different, with a new feel attached to it. It’s no longer feeding on the classic Mini , but relying on the same British heritage that spawned sports cars such as the Jaguar F-Type . The rear body fin, the low-cut windshield are there to tell us about a classic, sporty Mini that never existed.


The Superleggera Vision concept’s interior is fairly simple, dominated by aluminum and leather surfaces. The round infotainment screen is another Mini design cue. Meanwhile, the driver’s view is uncluttered thanks to a three-spoke steering wheel and a small round instrument panel that displays just the essentials. Mini doesn’t go into much detail about the concept’s powertrain, only stating that it’s propelled by an all-electric system.

This isn’t the first time Mini’s parent company BMW partnered with an Italian design house. The BMW Zagato Coupe, for example, was unveiled at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, while the Pininfarina Gran Lusso concept looked good enough to be BMW’s flagship coupe.


People are speculating whether the 2016 Mini Superleggera Vision Concept car is really going to be produced or not. To be honest, we don’t have any clue. But can you imagine if Mini take the risk to expand its market with this concept car? That will be a huge step for the automaker!

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