MINI’s Superleggera Concept that it showed off mid-2014 caused a lot of chatter, igniting an interest in the brand and its prospects that hasn’t been seen in many a year. The usual response of “Maybe kind of” that was given to the masses nod to a production version, but a new report might mean it will indeed be making its way to showrooms.
An inside source told Car Magazine that BMW’s top brass have given the go-ahead to start production on a new model based on the said concept that could be on sale some time in 2018. As that was a very beautiful thing indeed, hopes are high that it delivers most of what we saw and loved at the 2014 Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance.
The concept was a roadster sculpted by master coachbuilders Touring Superleggera, who are also responsible for similarly jaw-dropping creations like the Alfa Romeo 8C-based Disco Volante and the Ferrari F12-based Berlinetta Lusso.
Its curvaceous body, rear fin, Union Jack-inspired tail lamps, frameless windscreen, and ultra-minimalist interior all add to its visual appeal and overall desirability.
Very little can be confirmed as of yet to how much will survive the transition to production, but according to patent filings, MINI doesn’t intend on changing a whole lot – a bonus that comes with a concept design that isn’t just beautiful, but also pragmatic.
Now, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Until an official statement is released, nothing can be substantiated as confirmed information. Car Magazine is confident in their source, and as we'd love to see this new MINI Roadster on the road, we hope its solid info.
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