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MINI Making the Case for Superleggera Production

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F54 Clubman Hybrid, F55 Four-Door Hardtop, F56 Two-Door Hardtop, F57 Convertible, F60 Countryman, In the Press, Rocketman, Superleggera Jun 12th, 2015 17 Comments

P90151083-MINI Superleggera Vision Roadster ConceptThis week, Autocar decided  there’s still hope that the Superleggera will enter production. While enthusiasts probably begin to grow frustrated by these rumors, Autocar’s take is based on an actual conversation with BMW Board member, Peter Schwarzenbauer. But reading the article, the more interesting tidbits do not concern the concept we all love, but rather the rest of the MINI lineup. continued →

What’s Next After the Coupe and Roadster Are Gone?

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, R58 (Coupe), R59 (Roadster), Superleggera Mar 1st, 2015 6 Comments

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MINI confirmed earlier this month that the R58 Coupe and R59 Roadster will end their production run in the coming months. The question that came to mind when the news broke was what will be next after the Twins are gone? According to our colleagues at Autocar, not much. continued →

New Report on MINI’s Rumored Small Car

MotoringFile Sections: Rocketman, Rumor Feb 23rd, 2015 50 Comments

rocketman Car Magazine, one of the more authoritative sources these days on all things BMW has a new report out that neatly sums up the current rumor mill around MINI’s small car plans (aka the MINI Minor). We’ve done a ton of reporting on a Rocketman type of vehicle and even scooped the existence of MINI’s interest over five years ago. But now as things are becoming more real, details are starting to surface. continued →

Renamed MINI Rocketman Gaining Steam with MINI Executives

MotoringFile Sections: City Car, In the Press, Rocketman, Rumor, Superleggera Jan 23rd, 2015 31 Comments

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For over five years we’ve reported (and reported and reported) on MINI’s internal desires to produce a smaller car than the R53, R56 and especially F56. In 2011 MINI gave us a view of what this car could be with the Rocketman concept. While the BMW Group could not make a business case of the concept initially, we learned back in October of last year that the city car had been in fact green-lighted by the Board. Yesterday, Automobile double-downed on our previous reports and revealed that MINI designers and engineers are actively working on the Rocketman, or should we say the MINI Minor. Automobile’s Georg Kacher also indicates that the Superleggera will join the ranks of the FXX generation. Although we can’t confirm the veracity of these claims, I don’t think we could have ended the week on a better note. continued →


MINI, We Want the Rocketman

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll, Rocketman, Superleggera Jan 22nd, 2015 8 Comments

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Last week we asked MotoringFile readers which of the Rocketman or the Superleggera they would rather have MINI produce. Since both concepts present so much appeal, answering this question was no easy task, but more than 700 of you participated in the poll and we are very thankful for that. We’ve already spoiled the final result of our investigation with the title of this post, so let’s look at the numbers in detail. continued →

MF Poll: Rocketman or Superleggera?

MotoringFile Sections: MF Poll, MINI Concept Cars, Rocketman, Superleggera Jan 16th, 2015 43 Comments

P90150959-MINI Superleggera Vision Roadster ConceptWith the FXX generation, one of MINI’s goals is to build a more focused lineup. While we could debate for endless hours the meaning of the word “focus” in the five super-hero cars strategy, we’d prefer to use everyone’s time to answer a simple question. Should MINI be in a position to bring to market the Rocketman or the Superleggera, which of the two would you rather become a reality? To vote, just complete the form below and don’t hesitate to let us know the reason(s) for your choice in the comment section. The poll will remain open until week. continued →


MINI Undecided on Producing the Rear Wheel Drive Superleggera Roadster

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

P90150958-MINI Superleggera Vision Roadster Concept

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 →

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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
R53: MCS Hatch
2nd Gen MINI
R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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