Mini Superleggera Vision Announces Potential Rival For Mazda MX-5
|   Friday, June 06, 2014
The meeting between traditional and contemporary can be again seen with the occasion of the 2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este event, which is celebrated by the British brand with a very special concept: MINI Superleggera Vision.

This exclusive interpretation of a convertible two-seater was created by MINI and Touring Superleggera, a design and bodywork house in Milan, which has a rich tradition. On one hand, the MINI Superleggera Vision is a classic roadster, a compact and agile two-seater, which expresses the most minimalist and emotional kind of car.


On the other hand, we have its style and the look and quality of materials, the interior design celebrates the tradition and essence of classic car body construction. The design reflects the way the vehicle was designed: the essential characteristics are mentioned, the coating of untreated aluminum, and the tubular structural elements that are visible from the inside, by means of an interpretation of the high quality. This is most visible at instrument panel level. It is made from a single aluminum panel and was left in a condition in which it seems to have not been painted. 

Generous unpainted surfaces and the manual processing of the instrument panel, come together to reflect the mastery of bodywork builders. Also, the doors and sports steering wheel, with three arms, reveal the traditional method of construction. The structural elements of the doors form a Union Jack flag, a discreet hint of the MINI Superleggera Vision's British origins.

Traditional materials, such as aluminum and almost untreated leather define the reduced aesthetics within MINI Superleggera Vision. However, the structural elements of the doors and center console are finished in high quality black chrome, representing an exclusive differentiation compared to the aluminum surfaces and raw paint with matte texture of the legs area. Thanks to this combination, deliberate contrast between structured surfaces and materials quality, the MINI Superleggera Vision has an exceptional charm.

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design said that, "Touring Superleggera and Mini have much in common: both companies attach great importance to their history and this is something which defines their outward appearance to this day. What is more, they both emphasize iconic design and distinctive solutions. These elements are merged in the Mini Superleggera Vision to create an elegant automobile which interprets a British roadster under the influence of Italian style and hand craftsmanship."

Since 1926, Touring Superleggera is the precursor of advanced automotive design and construction of custom bodyworks. The company is one of the few that offer domestic cycle production of sketches, through surface processing and structural analysis, style patterns and prototypes up to limited serial production of special bodyworks.

"Mini and Touring both believe that proportions are the key factor of beauty, and share the same values of essentiality and innovation. 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" said Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of Design of Touring Superleggera.
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