Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este LIVE: Mini Superleggera Vision concept
The BMW Group, longtime partner of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este has honored the special event with a world premiere – the official unveiling of the Mini Superleggera Vision concept.
The choice of names is not accidental, as the British brand – owned by the German automaker – hasn’t developed this interpretation of an open-top two-seater alone, but with the aid of known design and coach building house Touring Superleggera, from Milan.
“The Mini Superleggera Vision elegantly perpetuates what the Classic Mini started 55 years ago: reduction to the essentials. Its energetic, minimalist 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,” says Anders Warming, head of Mini’s design.
The bespoke Como Blue paint job attracts the eyes to the hand-crafted body featuring a carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber reinforced plastic side sills and a very interesting rear fin. The interior is minimalist and elegant, with premium accents thanks to the premium leather upholstery and single-sheet of aluminum dashboard or the analog clock; but also points out to the modern tech amenities like the digital instrument cluster or the touch sensitive controls. Mini was very scarce on traditional performance details, only saying that the powertrain is full-electric, with a single electric motor providing the necessary “oomph”.
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