The Mini Superleggera Vision concept was confirmed for production in March and its market launch will take place in 2019. The Superleggera is intended to take on the Mazda MX-5, often labelled the world’s “best selling roadster”. The production car would look a lot like the concept car showcased at the 2014 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este but with some modifications to make it road-legal.
Expect the production version to feature Mini’s traditional circular headlamps, Union Jack-influenced taillights, round-sided mirrors, a curtailed rear-end and a soft top. The roadster will reportedly be roadster based on parent company BMW Group’s short-wheelbase UKL platform. The UKL platform is suitable for open-top cars because of its low weight and rigidity.
While production version is still a couple years away from debut, a speculative rendering from Top Speed illustrates how the British brand’s forthcoming compact roadster may look like eventually in production guise. As with the brand’s all other offerings, the roadster seen here also flaunts a curvaceous body and a familiar styling. The must-have sportiness isn’t missed in the design despite the bubbled-body which makes it look like it’s carrying a lot of weight, thanks to the steeply raked windshield, black front lip spoiler and alloy wheels, and the sporty seats.
Although the MX-5 is a rear-wheel drive (RWD) roadster, the Superleggera is said to come in front-wheel drive (FWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) layouts – the latter for the more powerful, performance-oriented models. A John Cooper Works high performance variant would likely top the range.
The production of the Superleggera is expected to take place at Mini’s Cowley plant in the United Kingdom.