The Mini Superleggera Vision is a bespoke roadster that will debut at the 2014 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
Produced by Italian coachbuilders Touring Superleggera, the Mini Superleggera Vision sports a rounder, softer body than any Mini-badged vehicle before it. The two-seat concept car features the brand’s signature circular headlights at the front, while at the rear a sharp fin bisects the sloping boot.
The tail-lights are an all LED affair shaped to look like half a Union Jack each. Carbon fibre is used for the subtle front chin spoiler, rear diffuser and side sills.
As a nod to the car’s electric drivetrain, the Superleggera Vision’s grille is a ribbed black plate with no air vents. Mini hasn’t revealed anything else about the car’s mechanical layout, but Autocar claims that the Superleggera Vision points the way to a production version that will share little visually with the third-generation Mini hatchback.
Underneath, though, it’s expected that the roadster will feature the hatchback’s front- and all-wheel drive platform, as well as its selection of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel motors. Rumour has it that if an electric version is made, it will be based on the BMW i3’s drivetrain.
The minimalist interior is dominated by a dashboard crafted from a single sheet of aluminium. The lightweight metal also features heavily on the centre tunnel, steering wheel spokes and pedals, with fine brown and black leather covering almost every other surface.
A simple circular display sits ahead of the driver, while in the centre of the dash is a round touchscreen flanked by an analogue clock and recording switch on one side, and the barest smattering of buttons on the other. Partially hidden on the rear parcel shelf, between the driver and passenger seats, is a video camera that can be used to record one’s favourite back roads.