The Mini Cooper Could Work As A Mid-Engined Supercar – If Only…

Mini is highly unlikely to ever launch a supercar, but this rendering from The Sketch Monkey shows that the British company’s current design language actually translates quite well into a performance car radically different than any of the company’s other vehicles.

One common design trait shared between all Minis are the distinctive headlights and they are definitely present here, albeit altered to be more oval in shape and somewhat similar to what you’d find on a Porsche 911.

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The proportions of the vehicle are also rather intriguing. The hood is exceptionally short and does share some resemblance to the front fascia of the Alpine A110. Additionally, the concepts incorporates narrow and long side windows that flow into a short rear decklid with almost no overhang past the retro-inspired rear wheels.

Of course, there’s not the slightest chance such a thing will ever come to pass. Not only would it be at odds with all other Minis; mother company BMW itself is, apparently, not interested in entering this niche ever since the legendary M1, the only supercar in its entire history, was axed in 1981.

In June, the German car manufacturer said the presence of the new M8 in its line-up meant there was no real need for it to produce a supercar. Just two weeks later, the Vision M Next concept was presented and, according to some reports, may reach the production car as a hybrid sports car with approximately 600 HP.

A supercar is, however, much more than sheer horsepower; it’s all about certain characteristics, like OTT design, aggressive handling and many more that, apparently, Munich is not interested in right now, and, naturally, the same applies to its British subsidiary.


  • TruthSlayer

    No – Just no!

  • Bob

    Yes – Just yes!

    • Smith

      No – Just stup!d

  • Smith

    Any car, when it is totally redesigned and reconfigured, could be a mid engined sports car, but the Mini brand is so far away from a sports car that it is embarrassing that anyone would be so stup!d to think this idea up. How ridiculous, maybe now you could do a Fiat 500 version, again stup!d but that seems to be the theme here. Old people now have their mid engine car, its called a Corvette. Let’s stop there.

  • donald seymour

    YES! Some of y’all need to loosen up. It’s just a render. And it’s a good one at that.

  • David Moquin

    Let’s see. Make it about the size and weight of a Miata. Then bring it to market at $50k. They would have a hard time making enough of them to keep up with the demand. A poor man’s supercar. I can only dream…

  • J-Triumf

    I’ve always admired Mini’s dedication to small cars but I could never truly like them because of how awkwardly boxy their cabins are, so I can say this steeply-raked super-aerodynamic design would definitely win me over to the brand regardless of engine placement.

  • SteersUright

    Mini has gone the way of Cadillac, losing its identity and not putting out anything truly remarkable while demanding some pretty high prices. The Cooper should’ve always remained light, small, very capable, fast, and hardcore. All mini’s suffer from excess mass, uninspiring powertrains ie no DCT, no great engines (with great noise), no great tactility or handling (just decent). The latest Cooper S is fun, I do like it. But it devoid of soul. I spend 2 weeks road tripping in one and found it rough, bumpy, cramped though definitely fun when the road turned curvy.
    I know BMW is not in a good place now but, I remain hopeful they can utilize Mini as their performance brand and redo them properly.

  • Zed68

    This has NOTHING in common with a mini… “Hey let’s draw a car and say it’s a mini.”

  • Some ol’ bloke

    Ummmm – decent looking sketch which has just been named a mini cooper

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