Patent sketches of the MINI Superleggera surfaced today on the interwebs. MINI and BMW have hinted recently that mass production of the MINI Superleggera is likely a go but an official green light hasn’t been given yet.
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In the drawings we see below, the MINI Superleggera is featured for the first time with the top up and in the back, the tail hints at a retractable spoiler. The unique taillights in the Union Jack design are also indicated on the patent sketches. Overall, the patent drawings aim to show some of the unique elements coming to the production car, without revealing the full details.
Described as blending contemporary Britishness with traditional Italian design flair, the MINI Superleggera Concept hints at the future MINI design and even uses an electric drivetrain that insiders suggest is a development of that used by the BMW i3. It is rumored to use the actually use a rear-wheel drive platform paired with three and four-cylinder engines.
The Superleggera Vision boasts classic roadster proportions with a long probing nose, cabin set well back within the wheelbase and a rear end with minimal overhang.
Many classic MINI design cues have been carried over, including a hexagonal shaped grille, oval shaped headlamps, bonnet stripes and multi-spoke wheels. They are combined with a series of traditional styling touches found on a long history of Touring Superleggera models.
The new MINI concept 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.