Though Mini's stretched Superleggera Vision concept has been a hit worldwide, company officials are still unsure on whether the model should make production
15 December 2014

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.

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?"

When the model was revealed at the Villa d'Este Concours in May, it was thought the Superleggera could easily become a range-topping car for the Mini line-up. The production version of the concept would serve to replace the current Mini roadster and coupé models.

In the nearer term, Goller says that the Mini "will be differentiated more in terms of concepts and design, but we will not lose its identity. The face has to be recognisable. The smile of the hatchback has to be different from the Clubman’s." And the next Clubman, he says, "will be a stronger character."

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15 December 2014
They already posted the production version renders and patent office drawings on their Facebook page so it seems it is quite close indeed to seeing the light of day. Just in time infact for Mini's proposed slashing and rationalising of the Mini model range. Tha main changes appear to be a far more conventional grille/lighting treatment, the removal of the fin on the boot, marginally less aggressive lines and a shortened/more rounded rear three quarters.

15 December 2014
Well proportioned and detailed, in no way an inept take on something designed over fifty years ago, I very much doubt whether BMW have the imagination or taste to produce this. Hopefully I am wrong

15 December 2014
Personally I am sick of all these models from mini - they are of course not even mini any more as many many others are smaller neater roomier than this German Frankfurter eater. This design is beautiful and would not clash with anything and they should just have a look at the little Mazda and see how many millions of those are flogged. As for being all green - no thank you, stick to the RWD platform and a three pot turbo pumping out 150 bhp, keep the weight down and they have a winner. I would be glad to see the end of this stretched squashed fat bloated none mini

what's life without imagination

15 December 2014
As the current owner of a Roadster Cooper S I may be biased, but I would certainly be interested in a production variant of the Superleggera. I see that there has been much hand wringing of late from BMW about the complexity of the MINI range - something which I agree may be a valid issue - but then again this is from a company that produces a BMW range with an entire galaxy of models, with a surely quite unnecessarily complexity of variants, with goodness knows how many GT hatches, Tourings, soft tops, coupes, 4WD SUV, 4WD 'Crossover Coupes', saloons and so on. Some of them also happen to be hideously ugly. I haven't heard any BMW spokesperson bleating about the BMW range's complexity, so far...

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15 December 2014
"we are not sure yet – the volume is low, and how many open cars do you need in a range?" A good question to which the answer is quite simply "One" this one ditch all the others. This from somone who hates Minis in general and not that fond of cabriolets: at 6' 4" I normally get my head ripped off. This however I am sure would sell by the proverbial bucket load

15 December 2014
This would surely be the most desirable Mini ever. For all those who really love the diminutive sports car with Mini charm and Italian design flair with plenty of Mini about it. 3 Cylinder 1.5 Engine 136 Cooper and 220 bhp for Cooper S. Please start building today and watch them become the most desirable car of 2015. Just make sure you can get some bags in for the weekend away! BMW stop building cars designed by computers and build something beautiful. May be BMW should buy Alfa and employ all their designers. Then they would be great to drive and lovely to look at, and well built at the same time.

15 December 2014
and scrap the hideous Mini Countryman and ridiculous Mini Coupe.


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15 December 2014
The current Mini is like a Jeep in that it looks like an old model but purports to be something new and bigger. Why not go for something original to the marque and expand up on it? Make it light enough that the three-cylinder could be the driver's motor of choice and don't weigh it down with all of the hybrid junk. It could be a good alternative to the Miata if they tried.

15 December 2014
Call it a Mini, a BMW, a Rolls Royce or a Triumph Spitfire. Who cares? Just build it.

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