The Trenchcoated one was disappointed to hear that BMW’s Mini brand was canceling its two-seat Cooper Coupe and Roadster after the 2015 model year. On the other hand, he’s now elated after discovering that the Mini Superleggera Vision Concept that was first displayed in Italy several months ago will reportedly enter production in 2017. Although some design elements, including the car’s oval-shaped headlights, exude a retro Mini vibe, the Superleggera appears pretty modern. The concept version was actually built to accept an electric or gasoline-electric drivetrain, but more likely are turbocharged 189- and/or 231-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines like the one used in current Mini Cooper S and upcoming John Cooper Works models.
It appears as though a version of this concept Mini will reach production in a couple of years. Expect the design to morph slightly, which is usually the case as show cars transition to the showroom.