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.

While the concept was a 100% electric rear wheel drive roadster, the production version will be built on the UKL platform that underpins all new MINIs. That means expect a front wheel drive drop-top in Cooper and Cooper S trim to start with JCW potentially joining the range later.

The recent leak of patent renderings gave us a clue that MINI was preparing for a production version. Luckily if those are anything to go by, it would seem that the MINI design team have retained the classic proportions and good looks that the Superleggera wowed us with.