Two of Mini’s concepts have the possibility of making production, thanks to overwhelming support from the public. The concepts in question are the Rocketman first unveiled in 2011, and the Superleggera, a two door convertible sports car revealed in 2014. Ralph Mahler, Mini’s Product Chief said to Autocar: “The Rocketman is inspiring us as of today”. He went on to say that the Rocketman would be more likely to make production as a electric car, based on the underpinning of parent company BMW’s i3.
The likelihood of us seeing the Superleggera are much more in question however, one of the few things keeping it going is the love the public had for it when it was revealed in 2014. The Superleggera was a team effort from both Mini and coachbuilder Touring Superleggera. With the complete flop of the Mini roadster in the last generation of mini, it’s difficult to say whether BMW will bite the bullet and put it into production.
This does show a fascinating future for Mini though, what with the release of the next generation Mini, 5 door and Clubman last year. Mini also plan to reveal another concept at the celebrations for BMW’s centenary on June 16th in London. At the moment it is too early to say that you’ll be seeing the Rocketman and the Superleggera on the roads any time soon but it is certainly a step in the right direction, taking Mini back to the forefront of car production. They are two fields Mini haven’t entered for a long time, the tiny car market has been held by the Japanese since the death of the original Mini, and the Germans are only just daring to step into it, with the VW Up, hopefully the Rocketman will be the next.