Didn’t see this coming, did you? This is the Mini Superleggera Vision, a concept which the iconic German-owned British brand presented at the 2014 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d-Este. Designed and engineered in collaboration with revolutionary Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera, the Vision is homage to the classic British 2-seater roadster format.
While the front features the familiar Mini face, the rest of the vehicle, fashioned out of hand-eaten aluminum, is radically different from any Mini you have ever seen, with Jaguar D-Type-aping tail fin, curvaceous surfacing, cab-backward stance and a long hood. The Union Jack taillamps in particular are a nice touch.
Added to that are some Italianate detailing including Touring Superleggera’s signature character line, which runs from the front wheels to the rear that betray the concept’s mixed parentage. The concept is finished in a light Como Blue, named after the lake where the event is held. If the exterior is a little adventurous for a Mini, the minimalist interior should put the brand’s enthusiasts right back at home with a circular navigation display set into the middle of the digital instruments in front of the driver, a 3-spoke steering wheel and unpainted aluminum dashboard.
To top off a slightly bizarre concept, the retro-futuristic Superleggera Vision is propelled by an electric motor, but no specs whatsoever have been handed out. So, good move by the brand and should be produced, or a bridge too far?