A firm decision still hasn’t been made on production of the Mini Superleggera Concept, but many at the brand want it to happen.
“The interest was tremendous when we showed this concept car,” Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer told Autocar. “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.”
While the car’s proportions and design will mimic the Superleggera Concept, it will be based on the new UKL front-wheel drive platform that currently supports the Mini hatchback, which is described as perfect for a roadster thanks to high rigidity and low weight.
Mini wants the roadster to compete with the Mazda MX-5, with Schwarzenbauer insisting that this new car will not just be a replacement for the last open top Mini. “They don’t compare. The Superleggera is a serious sports car,” he said.
Engine options are expected to include a turbocharged three-cylinder at the base and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the Mini JCW as the performance option.
A hybrid option, using a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine mated to a rear-mounted electric motor, is also a possibility. Total system output is pegged at 216 hp and 209 lb-ft of torque and the power would drive all four wheels.
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