Mini May Have Just Built The Best Roadster Ever

We were MX-5 guys, but we're rethinking our position.
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We were MX-5 guys, but we're rethinking our position.

Right now, Mini sells the Roadster, a chopped Cooper convertible with a boxy butt and a weird silhouette. Forget that car. (Mini is—production ends later this year.) According to Car magazine, Mini has finally green-lit production on the much sexier Superleggera Vision it unveiled last year at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance.



Built out-of-house by Milanese studio Touring Superleggera (also responsible for the gorgeous Ferrari Lusso and Alfa Disco Volante concepts), the Mini Superleggera is a trim, retro droptop with sweet, Anglophilic features like Union Jack taillights and a rounded aerodynamic fin. The proportions, fantastic for what will be a front-drive car, evoke the long hood/rear deck shape of classic British roadsters like the Austin Healey 3000.

The interior, for a change, takes its cue from the future, with a huge clean sheet of polished aluminum with almost no buttons or vents. The steering wheel is thin-rimmed, and the shifter looks to be crystal, much like that in Volvo’s brand new XC90 T8 hybrid.

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While the concept car harbored an electric motor under its long hood, we’d bet on the engines from the standard Mini (a 1.5-liter three cylinder and a 2.0-liter four cylinder) to provide the necessary punch for such a racy-looking roadster. And though purists (and MX-5 drivers) might chide the wee convertible for having front-wheel drive, few cars handle better than a Mini, regardless of drivetrain, so we’re nothing but excited to take this blue beauty for a spin.

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