It will be a dream come true for lovers of brand MINI as the British automaker has confirmed that the MINI Supperleggera concept will indeed go into production. The UK based iconic automaker had joined hands with Italian Touring major Superleggera’s coach building works and had showcased the concept version at the 2014 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy. At that time, the company wasn’t sure if the car would ever make it production, but the concept managed to gauge genuine interest from a host of visitors.
With several colleagues inside the MINI office also in favour of it, the MINI Supperleggera concept is going to roll of the production line, but not before 2018. The two seater will have several classic cues that are taken from the previous MINI models like the hexagonal shaped grille induced in chrome, oval shaped headlamps, bonnet stripes and multi-spoke wheels along with some major elements from the Superleggera’s stable as well. While cost is the major factor, MINI is working hard to fit the roadster concept as part of its lineup and the automaker expects that it will only be a positive word for the brand. The company also confirmed that the roadster won’t be a replacement for any current car.
Technically speaking, the MINI Supperleggera will be based on the short-wheelbase UKL platform derived from BMW, which currently underpins the new generation MINI range. The platform allows for low weight and better rigidity needed for an open top car. One can expect the car to come in front wheel drive or even a four wheel drive configurations for the top-spec models. Engine options will include the existing three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol and diesel units, producing between 134 BHP to 227 BHP on the extremely fun John Cooper Works edition. The MINI Supperleggera will be direct competitor to the Mazda MX-5.