BMW Board Member Peter Schwarzenbauer has confirmed MINI is working on a production version of the Superleggera concept.
Speaking to Autocar, Schwarzenbauer said “We are now working hard to get it on the street. It’s an economically challenging project and there is no firm decision, but we have a lot of people here that are fighting for it.”
While the model hasn’t officially been green-lighted, Autocar is reporting the it will ride on the front-wheel drive UKL platform and feature an assortment of familiar three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
There are also rumors of a plug-in hybrid variant that would use the same powertrain as the upcoming BMW 2-Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid. It has a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that develops 136 PS (100 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque as well as an electric motor that produces up to 88 PS (65 kW) and 165 Nm (122 lb-ft) of torque. The engine powers the front wheels, while the electric motor powers the rear wheels.
If everything pans out, the MINI Superleggera will go into production in 2019 and compete with the Mazda MX-5.