Mini went a bit nuts in recent years. The hatch begat the understandable Clubman and convertible, which gave way to the unfortunate but profitable Countryman, which gave birth to the unnecessary Paceman, which was followed by the wholly useless roadster and coupe. The last two have been cut, because exactly nobody wanted them, but the idea of a small, two-seat mini drop top is still appealing, if done properly.

Mini partnered with Touring Superleggera to do it properly, and the result is this: the Mini Superleggera. Expect a car based on this to serve as the halo mini wih a front- or all-wheel-drive platform and a choice of either a new prototype electric drivetrain or a variety of more conventional, dinosaur recycling engines. We just wish it could be a proper RWD Miata competitor, but we'll take it with all the wheels getting torque.

No word yet on when we could expect to see a production car based on this.

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[via Mini