It appears that the MINI Roadster and Coupe failed to achieve their sales target, as BMW will replace them with a new model that will look like a stand-alone sports car. The new car will use the next MINI’s front-drive architecture and will be sold as a coupe and as a convertible.
Regarding the design, the new model will only retain company’s key styling cues such as the round headlights and the well-known grille, but the rest of the car will be completely different.
If the new MINI will get downsized petrol- or diesel-powered 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engines, the new F58 and F59 sports cars will receive bigger four-cylinder powerplants.
The rest of the new sports car’s layout will be mechanically similar to the upcoming MINI hatch and will run on the same chassis architecture and using similar suspension layouts, steering hardware and transmissions.
New sports cars could be launched by the end of 2015 or probably in 2016. More details to be revealed.
We do hope that the new sports car will be inspired by the Rocketman concept! The body of the MINI Rocketman Concept is shaped by an out-of-the-ordinary interpretation of the brand’s time-honored features. Through innovative construction techniques, the classic Mini’s philosophy of providing the biggest possible room on the smallest footprint possible is carried over to the 21st-century urban mobility challenges.
The MINI Rocketman Concept has a length of approximately 11 ft. 3 in., a width of approximately 6 ft. 3 in. (including its exterior mirrors), and a height of approximately 4 ft. 7 in. The concept’s proportions also display symmetries with the classic Mini as well as with the brand's current lineup. The familiar appearance of the brand is thus concentrated into a different and new set of dimensions, with the concept for a new vehicle segment remaining unmistakably a MINI.
The concept car’s interpretation of the MINI’s characteristic design language showcases a dynamic and powerful allure.
Large wheels, tightly contoured surfaces, and a basic form dominated by straight lines all contribute to the MINI Rocketman Concept’s solid structure. Aside from its telltale proportions, distinctive design features are added for an immediately clear brand affiliation. Dominating the concept’s front end are large, circular headlights as well as chrome surround radiator grille.
While the headlights’ exterior contours fit the visual template, the inner structure was further developed for this new study. The LED units are positioned centrally to generate a full beam and are bordered by light rings for dipped-beam mode. Moreover, direction indicators are integrated into the headlight units, a feature that the new concept shares with the current range of MINI models.
The headlight dimensions are reflective of those used in the current MINI. This means that the headlights come across as rather large when set against the study car’s smaller face. As a stand-out feature of the MINI design, these headlights symbolize the brand’s core values.
In the areas that surround the headlights, as well as the radiator grille and front apron, certain carbon spaceframe sections are visible, alongside the chromed and painted surfaces. What’s more, the concept’s striking surface structure is a reminder of its innovative construction blueprint.