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Mini Superleggera Vision Concept – a very different MINi Concept – at Villa D’Este

Sun, 25 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700

The Mini Superleggera Vision Concept (pictured) is a Villa D’Este special

We’ve had our fill of VW Group concepts for Worthersee – like the Skoda CitiJet, Yeti XTreme and Audi A3 Clubsport - this last week, but now we’ve got a concept from MINI that isn’t just the usual slightly left-field take on a regular MINI, but a real original to grab our interest – the Mini Superleggera Vision Concept – and it’s heading to Villa D’Este. Built in collaboration with Touring Superleggera – which has built stunning concepts like the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante - the new MINI is a retro-looking small roadster with lots of historic design cues but with an EV powertrain under its clothes.

There’s a fin on the back that looks like a Jaguar D Type, a pair of swage lines down the side, a long bonnet, a back end that has a hint of Aston Martin and even Union Jacks in the tail lights.

Inside is quite minimalist, but there is lots of leather and aluminium and even a delightfully traditional thin-rimmed steering wheel. And as a nod to MINI (and British Roadsters past) the speedo is bang in the middle.

Sadly, there isn’t a peppy petrol under the bonnet (not even a modern 3-cylinder job) and instead of being powered by carbon the Mini Superleggera Vision Concept comes with an unspecified electric powertrain. But it’s still a cracking looking little car.

Does this Superleggera MINi point to a new MINI Roadster that actually looks this good, and with a proper engine?

We think it might.

By Cars UK