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BMW Cancels Numerous Projects Potentially Including the Superleggera Roadster

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe, Rumor May 4th, 2015 26 Comments

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According to our sister site BimmerFile, BMW and MINI have cancelled a number of projects champion by outgoing CEO Norbert Reithofer. The rumor goes that it’s the i8s, M8, 9 Series and (critically to MINI) the Z2 Roadster. continued →

Official: Neither Superleggera or MINI Minor Confirmed

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F59 Roadster/Coupe, GXX MINI City Car, GXX MINI Hatch (4th Gen), Rumor Mar 18th, 2015 8 Comments

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Yesterday the typically reliable Car magazine indicated that MINI’s Superleggera Roadster concept had been approved for a 2018 production date. Today the typically reliable Automotive News says not so fast. According to the industry publication:

BMW has not approved a roadster based on the Superleggera concept for its Mini brand and has not decided whether to add a “mini Mini” that would be built with Toyota, Mini’s top executive, Peter Schwarzenbauer, said. continued →

Report: MINI Superleggera Approved for Production

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe, Rumor Mar 17th, 2015 23 Comments

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Car Magazine is reporting that the MINI Superleggera concept car has been approved for production. If the news is true, that gorgeous concept car that has been making the rounds at auto shows over the past year will hit dealers around 2018. However with some key changes. continued →

MINI Undecided on Producing the Rear Wheel Drive Superleggera Roadster

MotoringFile Sections: F59 Roadster/Coupe, MINI Concept Cars Dec 14th, 2014 35 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 →

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