The BMW Group sure knew how to make a splash at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014. The company unveiled the MINI Superleggera Vision concept two-seater, which is describes as a “classic roadster” with “modern Britishness meets Italian flair.”
The concept is the first-of-its-kind collaboration between MINI and Milan-based design house Touring Superleggera. It has a distinctively Italian body and hand-shaped metal sheeting combine with the traditional British appearance, which spares no detail in the interior: High-end leather, aluminium and black chrome add to the car’s interior pizzazz.
Everything about the electric-powered MINI Superleggera Vision suggests the designers wanted to make it sportier, in particular the longer bonnet and long wheelbase. The side view is unmistakably given the “Touring” touch.
“In this car all unnecessary equipment or decoration is sacrificed, as performance is gained through lightness and efficiency of the bodywork and interior,” Louis de Fabribeckers, head of design of Touring Superleggera, said in a statement. “The Italian touch is in the proportions and the typical waistline.”
The MINI is painted in Como Blue to further promote a “classic and modern” style with an Italian touch. The rear features a distinguishing fin and lights “designed in the form of a Union Jack divided in two” to “express the British roots” of the MINI Superleggera Vision.
Inside, the dashboard was created with a “single aluminum sheet and has been left in the state the automobile body would look like without a paint finish,” according to a statement. The doors and the sporty 3-spoke steering wheel are also a nod to this. The dashboard also features an analog clock and the second framed instrument activates the camera between the driver and front passenger seat.
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