Mini hints at creating a mid-engined sports modelFebruary 2, 2020
The leadership of the British automaker is seriously considering the possibility of creating a sports car with an average power plant. The car may become a serial version of the previously introduced Mini Superleggera Roadster.
Last year was quite successful for the German BMW Group, because sales of brand models grew by several percent, reaching a record level of 2.5 million units worldwide. While sales of Mini cars, which belong to the guys from BMW, fell 4%. At the same time, the BMW M sports division is doing more than well, last year, sales of high-performance cars grew by 32%, to 135,000 units worldwide.
Why am I citing these statistics? It’s simple, analyzing the data on sales of BMW sports cars, the Mini leadership concludes that high-tech cars are especially popular in the world, despite the fact that they are expensive. Although the Mini already has the powerful MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept hot hatchback, the British still need a faster car.
As part of his recent interview, Mini Communications Manager Andreas Lampka spoke about the possibility of creating a sports car.
“The current Mini range consists mainly of front-wheel drive cars, there are four-wheel drive cars. But so far there is no mid-engined car. But if we give our engineers more free time and resources, they will come up with a mid-engined sports car, ” – said Lampka. He also noted that, given the current development direction of the Mini, the novelty will not necessarily have an internal combustion engine. The prototype of the new sports car could be the previously introduced Mini Superleggera concept roadster.
The Mini Superleggera, first shown in 2014, was a lightweight two-seater, developed in collaboration with Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. The machine was driven by an electric wort installation.
Not so long ago, we wrote that the release of the new MINI car will be postponed. It was previously planned that the fourth generation of cars was supposed to appear in late 2022 – early 2023.
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