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The 2015 Mini Cooper is the largest mini ever. This leaves space for a smaller Mini in the line up. Something along the lines of the Mini Rocketman concept would be great.





AutoGuide says that the Mini Rocketman is possible but still a long way off. Mini needs a business partner to develop a smaller size platform that the Rocketman could ride on, according to Mini product chief Pat McKenna.

I hope that they do end up making the Rocketman. Seems funny that Mini has gotten so big that it can't make small cars anymore.
 

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well MINI doesn't NEED a partner per se, but BMW is not interested in spending the dev money so their looking for a Nissan-MB type deal where dev costs are split down the middle.

They should call up OPEL and ask about using whats under the ADAM.

What they should really do is weld two S1000RRs together and figure out the body work in time LOL
 

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original mini size is so impractical. had a chance to sit in one and it's only cool for short distance driving, anything long distance and you'll go crazy
 

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I can't believe how much the mini has grown over the years. It would be good to get a smaller mini again. Do you guys know of any companies that are in need of a small platform? Potential business partners for BMW?
 

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It just looks like the mini started taking steroids at an early age. The dimensions did change drastically throughout the generation but compared to others its still a small vehicle when you really look at it.
 

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roadandtrack.com The Mini Rocketman Might Be Built as an Electric City Car




By Collin Woodard May 4, 2016 Share Tweet Text Share E-mail



Back in 2011, Mini showed off the Rocketman, a concept that was nearly a foot shorter than the Mini Cooper Hardtop. With so many cars, including the Mini Cooper, getting larger every generation, the Rocketman's diminutive size was refreshing. It never went into production, but apparently, the tiny Mini could still have a future.


Autocar reports that the Rocketman could see production in some form but as an EV, potentially even as a Mini-badged version of the BMW i3.






"The Rocketman is inspiring us as of today, especially as an EV in the future," said Mini head Ralph Mahler.


At the time, putting such a small car into production would have come with huge challenges, but electrical components take up much less space than conventional engines, transmissions, and gas tanks do. Producing the Rocketman as an electric car, then, would be a much simpler task.


"It was something that was ahead of its time but is still inspiring. With a smaller car, it's a bigger challenge. With Rocketman, and talking EV in the future, as the EV engine gets more portable, it's give and take [as to whether it is possible to make such a small car]," said Mahler.






But the Rocketman isn't the only old concept that's still showing signs of life at Mini. The Superleggera Vision from 2014 is also still in the picture even if it's not currently slated for production.


Mahler called it "the second concept that's inspiring us at the moment," partly thanks to the incredibly strong reception the rear-wheel-drive roadster received.


"It fits perfectly into the brand, but we're a small [on sales volume] car brand and have to be focused and know what we want to have. The Superleggera is playing a role but no decisions," he said.


Considering that the roadster segment isn't particularly large, especially in the U.S., it's understandable that Mini would be cautious about putting the Superleggera into production, even as a front-wheel-drive model.


Even the perennial segment leader the Mazda Miata isn't nearly as popular as we'd like it to be. Last month, it was beaten by the Buick Cascada's sales, which is all kinds of upside down and backwards.


But we're still holding out hope that Mini can figure out a way to justify building the Superleggera. It's such a great-looking car, it would be a shame to never see it go into production.


via Autoblog
 

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I would buy the Pocket Rocket if it would get a Petro engine comes as an MCS or JCW. :):)
 

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Reminds me of my first Mini, just seeing that comparison shot has brought a huge smile to my face.
At one stage, I fitted 5 large guys into my mini, it was a bit personal though and watching them just falling out of the car to get out when someone let one rip was one of the funniest things I had seen.
 
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