Speaking to Automotive News Europe, senior BMW executive Peter Schwarzenbauer said they still haven’t decided about the prospects of a production series based on the well-received Superleggera Vision concept. Responsible for the MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad brands, the executive says the Superleggera represents an “economically challenging project” so it is not that easy to take a final decision.
He did express his intentions to do everything that he can to put the concept into production as he considers the MINI Superleggera Vision as being “extremely good for the brand”. According to a source close to the British marque, if the project will get the green-light for production, the model will cost somewhere in the region of €35,000 (about 2,518,591 INR).
A previous report stated the concept will actually reach the assembly line sometime in 2018 and will carry over most of the concept’s design. However, it will lose the electric powertrain in favor of conventional combustion engines taken from the latest generation MINIs and will be offered with a choice of either a front-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive layout. It could eventually spawn S and John Cooper Works (JCW) derivatives later during its lifecycle.
There are some chances BMW will approve a production version of the MINI Superleggera Vision concept taking into account last year some leaked patent designs emerged onto the web showing a slightly toned down version of the concept which looked pretty much ready to go into production. Unlike the concept depicted in the attached images, the production version is expected to have more conventional side mirrors, slightly different front grille, regular door handles, rear fin and spoiler along with Union Jack-influenced taillights.
MINI received a lot of positive feedback for the concept so it would probably be a mistake if BMW will decide that it doesn’t deserve a production version.
Source: Automotive News Europe