Anyone remembers the Mini Touring Superleggera concept that was unveiled last year in Italy? Well, it’s coming in a few years. Mini will sell a Roadster to compete with the MX-5, they’re even planning a 230 hp JCW version.
In a conversation with Autocar, Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer said: “The interest was tremendous when we showed this concept car. We are now working hard to get it on the street. It’s an economically challenging project and there is no firm decision, but we have a lot of people here that are fighting for it. I think it would be extremely good for the brand.”
This could mean that we’ll be getting a Mini once more with a minimalistic approach, just like in the good ol’ days. The roadster will be built on the short wheelbase UKL platform supplied by parent company BMW. That means that this MX-5 competitor would be a front wheel drive roadster with the option of four-wheel drive on sportier models. But this doesn’t mean it will be the replacement of the old coupe and roadster says Schwarzenbauer, it’ll be a serious sports car.
Power outputs would range from 136 hp to the JCW version with 230 hp and possibly also a hybrid version which would be a bit like a reversed junior i8. And as far as styling goes it’s mostly going to stick with the design from the Superleggera concept which is in my opinion good, the front end is a beauty and please Mini, stick with the British styled tail lights.