MINI Superlegerra Vision Concept Beautifies Paris Motor Show
MINI unveiled the Superleggera Vision Concept at this year’s Paris Motor Show. Earlier, this concept premiered at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The open-top two-seater was created by MINI and Touring Superleggera, the tradition-steeped design and coach building house based in Milan. Teaming up with MINI, Touring Superleggera has designed and built an elaborately crafted, unique model which blends the tradition of classic coachwork construction with the MINI’s authentic British styling to create timeless aesthetic appeal.
The front of the MINI Superleggera Vision features the traditional MINI design icons: two circular headlights and a hexagonal grille. Also, striking classic sports car elements such as a wide track and distinctively curved wheel arches give the front a dynamic presence. The classic MINI bonnet stripes are three-dimensionally embossed and run on into high-quality polished aluminum accents. The inlaid bonnet harks back to classic British roadsters of bygone days. The striking fin at the rear end gives the MINI Superleggera Vision a particular longitudinal dynamics. The highlight of the flat, wide rear is the lights designed in the form of a Union Jack divided in two.
The exterior and interior of the MINI Superleggera merge seamlessly. The generously sized unpainted surfaces and the clearly visible hand craftsmanship of the dashboard reflect the skilled artistry of the coachbuilders. The doors and the sporty 3-spoke steering wheel likewise reveal the traditional method of construction. The structural elements in the doors form a Union Jack, discreetly indicating the British origins of the MINI Superleggera Vision. “MINI and Touring both believe that proportions are the key factor of beauty, and share the same values of essentiality and innovation” says Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of design of Touring Superleggera. “In this car all unnecessary equipment or decoration is sacrificed, as performance is gained through lightness and efficiency of the bodywork and interior. The Italian touch is in the proportions and the typical waistline.”