MINI Superleggera Patent Images Hint at Production Plans

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MINI Superleggera Patent Images Hint at Production Plans

MINI executives might have given the green light to produce a real world version of the Superleggera concept car.

Patent drawings the company filed show what looks like a production version of the concept car first shown at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance earlier this year. If it is on the way to beign built, it could serve as a replacement in the company’s lineup to the cancelled Roadster, acting as a halo car for the brand and a competitor to the next Mazda MX-5.

The car seems to be staying stylistically similar to its concept preview with minimal changes that include different headlights, a framed windshield and larger mirrors.

Don’t expect the production car to use the same electric powertrain as the concept car. Instead it will draw power from the same range of three- and four-cylinder engines as the rest of the current MINI lineup. There could also be a range-topping John Cooper Works model that will probably make 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque like the new JCW model that the company just announced.

GALLERY: MINI Superleggera Patent Drawings

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  • lhoboy

    With the body crease, it looks suspiciously like a BMW designer got ahold of it.