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Rumor: MINI Kills Rocketman

Rumors | January 25th, 2012 by 3
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UK magazine CAR reports that last year’s Geneva premiere, the Mini Rocketman, has not been greenlighted for production. Same report says that BMW has recently …

UK magazine CAR reports that last year’s Geneva premiere, the Mini Rocketman, has not been greenlighted for production. Same report says that BMW has recently signed off on a few new MINIs, but the Rocketman was not one of them.

The Rocketman made its debut in concept form last year at the Geneva Motor Show and was initially approved for mass production. The new mini-MINI was supposed to create a new entry point for the company, with a range of three-cylinder engines on offer, lightweight materials throughout and an all-electric version in the pipeline.

Rumor: MINI Kills Rocketman

In concept form, the unique 3+1 seater features three doors and has length just over 3 meters, cater to the urban lifestyle in big cities. MINI Rocketman makes use of lightweight design principles and an interior geared to maximum driving fun and unbeatable variability. A carbon spaceframe construction, whose striking surface structure is visible at the front end of the car, around its doors and in the interior, forms the basis for a weight-minimizing construction.

The MINI Rocketman Concept measures 3.419 meters (approx. 11 ft. 3 in.) in length, adding just a few extra centimeters to the front and rear of the brand’s founding father born in 1959. The new study is 1.907 meters (approx. 6 ft. 3 in.) wide, including the exterior mirrors, and stands 1.398 meters (approx. 4 ft. 7 in) tall.

The reasons for the cancellation lay within the development costs associated with the new platform and current regulations, including stability, handling and crash performance.

As a final point, CAR is also known for its speculative reports, so until we confirm these news with another source, we encourage you to take the rumors with a grain of salt.

  • JohnC

    Why would they kill it? It looks absolutely stunning (front end reminds me of 911). It also seems to be the closest they’ve ever made to the original Mini.

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  • Catzura

    The problem is that BMW can’t make a business case for it. Basing it on a shortened UKL1 platform would mean they’re selling a smaller, and therefore cheaper car, that’s just as expensive to make as the Cooper. The Rocketman would likely steal sales from the more profitable large Minis. While developing an all-new platform for such a low volume model would indeed be too expensive.

    As for CAR magazine, their reports are actually pretty accurate most of the time (especially those written by Georg Kacher). I’ve been reading the magazine for the past 20 years. 

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