British magazine CAR is reporting BMW-owned MINI has green-lighted the Superleggera Vision concept for production.

British magazine CAR is reporting BMW-owned MINI has green-lighted the Superleggera Vision concept for production.

The report mentions it will be introduced sometime in 2018 and will stay true to last year's concept but with some modifications to make it road legal. Unlike the concept which had an electric powertrain, the production version will allegedly use the same engines as the regular MINI which means it will likely be offered in both FWD and AWD guises and could possibly get hotter S and JCW versions.

This rumor has some foundation taking into account that back in December we saw a patent filing which depicted what appeared to be a production version of the Superleggera Vision. Unlike the concept, the car had a different front grille, revised mirrors, as well as conventional door handles and a rear spoiler while the Union Jack-inspired taillights and rear fin resembled the concept.

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MINI Superleggera Vision reportedly approved for 2018 launch