litre three cylinder
The MINI Spiritual which was unveiled at the 1997 Geneva
Motor Show was the first attempt at an update for the
original MINI - which at the time was nearly forty years
The MINI Spiritual concept had a completely different
layout to the original MINI. Mounted at the rear was a
small 60 horsepower, 0.8 litre (800cc) three cylinder
engine which drove the rear wheels. The engine was located
under the rear seats meaning that there was room up front
to incorporate a decent crumple zone in a small space.
The MINI Spiritual concept was designed to be built using
a steel frame covered in either plastic or aluminium bodywork.
The target total weight for the Spiritual was just 700
kgs (1,543 lbs).
The exterior design of the MINI Spiritual used very little
from the original car and if it wasn't for the badge the
concept could have been mistaken for belonging to a number
of European brands. There were two concepts created -
the MINI Spiritual, which was a two door model and the
MINI Spiritual Too, which was a four door version.
In the end the styling direction for the new MINI was
completely different from the Spritual concept. Had the
MINI Spiritual gone on sale it is almost guaranteed to
have been a flop when compared to the popularity of the
retro styled new MINI which is filled with character and
Similar and related vehicles:
MINI Roadster Concept
MINI Coupe Concept
MINI Crossover Concept
MINI Concept Geneva
MINI ACV 30