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MINI Undecided on Producing the Rear Wheel Drive Superleggera Roadster

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe, MINI Concept Cars Dec 14th, 2014 32 Comments

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No MINI concept has ever motivated so many thumbs to upward than the Superleggera. However MINI is struggling with approving the car according to Autocar. Given its new strategy of less niche models and more emphasis on core models like the F56 and upcoming Clubman it would seem the Superleggera doesn’t make a lot of sense. However it could serve the company well s a halo car helping to get people excited about the brand and into showrooms. Interestingly BMW has admitted for the first time that the Superleggera rides on a rear wheel drive platform. While we knew the concept was powered by an electric engine, that fact that this has once again been reiterated could be a sign that MINI is serious making the Roadster electric if produced. continued →

MINI Superleggera Patent Drawings Surface

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe, MINI Concept Cars, Rumor Dec 11th, 2014 15 Comments

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MINI has patented the stunning Superleggera concept released earlier this year. These photos (via Jokeforblog) show off the concept in all of it’s black and white glory and two dimensional glory. Why has MINI done this and does it it mean we can expect a production version? continued →

MINI Superleggera Concept Wallpapers

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe Nov 28th, 2014 1 Comment

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For your computer, phone or tablet. We’ve got a handful of new and gorgeous images of the Superleggera for your downloading pleasure. What if any news is there on the Superleggera? MINI is still waiting to make a final decision on whether to green light production of the car. However as we previously reported, there is a strong internal desire at MINI to bring the Superleggera to production. continued →

MINI Responds to Rumors of Roadster & Coupe Demise

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe, Rumor Nov 25th, 2014 10 Comments

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MINI’s Roadster and Coupe twins were always going to be niche players within the line-up. However sales figures indicate that they may have turned into too small a niche to fulfill the typical seven year life-cycle. The pair are based on the R57 architecture which is going out of production next year with the new generation F57 convertible taking it’s place. Given that and the fact the sales are low it would seem 2015 would be a good year for MINI to potentially pull the plug. That opinion seemed to be confirmed by an interview MINI USA Head of Product Pat McKenna did with Autoguide at last week’s LA Autoshow:

“The Coupe and the Roadster will actually go out of production next year,” said MINI USA product boss Patrick McKenna speaking to AutoGuide at the LA Auto Show last week. “They’ve run their life cycle,” he said.

The quote obviously caught our attention but also seemed unusually blunt (or potentially a mis-quote) from the typically tight-lipped MINI. So we wanted to go to the source for a official statement. continued →


Watch MINI’s LA AutoShow Press Conference

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F55 Five Door Hatch, F59 Roadster/Coupe, Los Angeles, MINI Concept Cars, Scooter Concept, Video Nov 20th, 2014 5 Comments

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MINI came to LA with a lot to show-off. The new Citysurfer concept, the US debut of the Superleggera concept and the US debut of the new four door hatch. They also had a few interesting things to say as well. Check it out after the break. continued →

MINI Preps for a Massive LA Show

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, F55 Five Door Hatch, F59 Roadster/Coupe, Los Angeles, Rumor Nov 10th, 2014 15 Comments

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Officially the news is that LA will see the US debut of the MINI five door and Superleggera concept. Unofficially we hear that MINI will be showing something else. Whether it’s a surprise new concept or a variation of a current model we don’t know. But we have our hunches it’s the former. Nevertheless here’s the official company line on what’s coming to LA. As you can see it’s impressive even without this latest rumor. Full official details of the show after the break. continued →


MINI to Debut Three New Models Over the Next Year

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F54 Clubman Hybrid, F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, F58 Spacebox, F59 Roadster/Coupe, F61 Paceman, F6X Countryman Oct 10th, 2014 8 Comments

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With the F56 and F55 four door launched, MINI is turning its attention to rounding out its aging line-up. This includes the convertible, JCW and of course the highly anticipated Clubman. Read on the for the details.

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R50: One & MC Hatch
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R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
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F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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