If you needed conclusive proof that MINI is thinking about producing the MINI Superleggera Concept from 2014 Villa d’Este, these official patent drawings should do. Created by Italian Coachbuilder Touring Superleggera, the roadster received such a warm welcome where it went that producing it became a no-brainer.
The production MINI Superleggera roadster, if these patent images are anything to go by, will have a less extravagant look than the concept version. In many ways it looks like an ordinary open-top sports car like the Mazda MX-5. But they have maintained a good deal of quirky little details from the concept to make it interesting. Those Union Jack taillights, for instance, look superb.
MINI Superleggera could potentially be a deadly rival for the new Mazda MX-5, since it is roughly the same size and is based on the normal MINI platform, which as we know is hugely competent. What’s more, it could get the new 2.0 liter 230-hp from the latest Cooper JCW, which would be brilliant.
But there are c couple of issues with that theory. First of all, the Superleggera will undoubtedly be a limited-run, built-to-order production model with bespoke interior and what not. That leads to the second problem, which is the price. We wouldn’t be surprised at all if the production version of this car cost as much as a Ferrari.