It’s looking like Mini and MG are both exploring options in bringing the classic British roadster market back into the land of the living.
The classic British sports car is looking to make a reappearance in the form of Mini’s Superleggera — a two-seat roadster concept with obvious Italian style.
The Superleggera was shown in late May and is simple and sleek. It has no door handles, a simple dashboard is formed from untreated aluminium steel, and the seats are leather bucket seats.
Although at 4167mm it is longer than the British sports car Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite, it matches the Mazda MX-5 — with this particular vehicle taking the roadster market previously.
Mini has said that it is just a concept car and plans for productions are non-existent but it is known that the company is looking for another body style to replace the slow-selling roadster and coupe.
It is likely, that if it ever did make production, the engine would be the BMW-shared 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo seen int the newest Mini.
MG could be another company to keep an eye on when it comes to entering a roadster into the market. The brand left the market when it discontinued the MG TF back in 2011.
With the market for light-weight, rear-wheel drive sports cars near abandoned with basically only Mazda at the helm, it could be a new game if British-inspired models make a reappearance.