In the Mini model lineup, a “hot” mid-engined roadster with an all-electric power plant may appear. The head of the Mini communications department Andreas Lampka said this in an interview with the Australian site Motoring last week, during the launch of Mini Electric in Miami.
According to the top manager, the final decision will be made in the near future. The novelty will be built on the basis of the Mini Superleggera Vision concept, developed in conjunction with the Milan bodybuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. The premiere of the show car took place in 2014 in Italy, they planned to launch mass production in 2018. The company believes that the future electric roadster will be able to compete with the Alpine A110 sports coupe. A quick and light “two-door” should help the British brand improve the situation with sales, which fell 4% last year.
They decided to think about the release of the “hot” roadster in Mini and compare their last year’s sales with the sales of BMW M. In 2019, sales of the sports division grew by 32%, and for the first time in history, BMW itself managed to overcome the 2.5 million mark.