News : MINI Superleggera Vision Concept makes UK debut at Salon Privé

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

MINI’s Superleggera Vision Concept

MINI’s rather unusual Superleggera Vision Concept, which was first unveiled at the world famous Concours d’Elegance at Villa d’Este last May, will make its UK debut during Salon Privé, which is being held at Syon House in London this week.

Mini Superleggera Vision rear

Handcrafted, with stretched aluminium panels, there’s no doubt at all that the fit and finish is exquisite, but we’re not sure it’s the minimalistic extreme that MINI’s design chief, Anders Warming, claims it to be.

“The MINI Superleggera Vision elegantly perpetuates what the Classic Mini started 55 years ago: reduction to the essentials,” he said. “Its energetic, minimalistic design embodies the dynamic essence of an automobile. At the same time it creates unique emotional beauty in combining the past and future of the automotive industry, i.e. traditional coachwork craftsmanship and modern design styling. It was a pleasure for me to design a concept like this.”

Mini interior

Fair enough – whichever way, on a personal level, AROnline adores the Union Jack taillights… but will it ever see production?

Mini su back

Craig Cheetham

A serial impulsive car purchaser, Craig has had his name on over 200 V5s over the past 20 years. 10 per cent of those have been either 800s or Austin Allegros, with between 10 and 20 cars usually owned at any one time. Started out as a local newspaper journalist then worked for car mags including Auto Express, Classic Car Weekly and Land Rover Owner. Worked inside the car industry for a decade as an employee of General Motors, now works for a news distribution agency. Home based, which is dangerously convenient for further irrational heap purchases. Lover of all makes of car since childhood, with a particular leaning towards Austin-Rover... Father of three boys, so hoping to spread the car love. Other passions include rugby union, travelling and eating out.

14 Comments

  1. Forgoing the intended ‘association’ with the MINI brand, this is a stunning looking design concept. Perhaps it could form the basis of a new small Triumph sports car instead. 21st century Triumph Spitfire, anyone?

  2. Not sure that Alec Issigonis would recognise the similarities to his Mini.

    Don’t like the facia but it would make a great Triumph – doubt BMW would call it a Spitfire though….

    I was in a Mini showroom recently and the Union Jack roof decal on the wall was reproduced incorrectly – perhaps BMW should fix that…

  3. To me this screams modern day Frogeye Sprite. A much better idea than the frankly rather pointless MINI Coupe and Roadster, which look far too similar the normal hatch and convertible

  4. Yes: would make a great TRIUMPH if they made the face less “MINI-ish” & started to develop a distinctive “look” for the family which (hopefully) would follow!

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