The MINI Superleggera saga continues. After countless rumors on its dismissal and later revival, the beautiful roadster seems to be back on track for a launch in 2019.
The new two-seater is intended as a direct rival to the new Mazda MX-5 and will feature a range of powerplants (three and four cylinders), including a plug-in hybrid with 216 horsepower. The basis for the new Mini roadster is the BMW short-wheelbase UKL platform.
MINI boss Peter Schwarzenbauer says “The interest was tremendous when we showed this concept car. We are now working hard to get it on the street. It’s an economically challenging project and there is no firm decision, but we have a lot of people here that are fighting for it. I think it would be extremely good for the brand.”
Superleggera was conceived, created and produced in a project between its Munich-based design department and Touring Superleggera’s coach building works in Milan. The former led the styling of the low slung two seater, while the latter undertook its traditional hand shaped metal sheet construction. Many classic MINI design cues have been carried over, including a hexagonal shaped grille, oval shaped headlamps, bonnet stripes and multi-spoke wheels.
Schwarzenbauer insists the Superleggera is not seen inside the company as a replacement for the existing Coupé and Roadster models. “They don’t compare. The Superleggera is a serious sports car,” he said.[Source: Autocar]