Here Are 6 Reasons Why Mini Shouldn’t Make Every Car
The company’s iconic styling doesn’t play well with others.
Few cars carry the same iconic design over decades of change. Tastes and safety standards change, which forces automakers to evolve, too. But Mini is a company that’s retained its design regardless of time. Yes, today’s Mini is no longer mini when compared to its predecessor, but the new models keep the iconic style.
Taking Mini’s design and applying it to something as extreme as the Ariel makes for a unique creation. It looks like an Ariel with a roof, which sounds like a radical proposition to us. The rounded headlights, hood vent, and door mirrors are iconic Mini.
Bentley and Mini are opposites. Both are British automakers, but Bentley makes its money with large luxury vehicles while Mini makes compact, fun-to-drive cars. Pairing the two creates the perfect British automobile – small, luxurious, and fun. At least it does in our book.
McLaren, another British automaker, makes supercars, with swooping designs that direct air around an aerodynamic body. That doesn’t fit well with Mini’s blocky aesthetic, but the Mini McLaren retains McLaren’s nose and unique headlights while keeping Mini’s cabin. Even the doors look McLaren-like.
The Porsche 911’s round headlights blend well with Mini’s equally bulbous illuminators. The roof is distinctly Mini Coupe, and it fits well on the 911’s proportions. The sloping roofline tries to retain Porsche’s design but looks awkward. The black cladding around the wheel wells, and under the doors complete the Mini-like look.
Taking Dodge’s large-and-in-charge styling and shrinking it down to a Mini-size package is no easy task. Applying the automaker’s rounded British aesthetics to the Challenger’s sharp, muscular edges, isn’t a cakewalk either. As a result, the Mini Dodge looks less like a Mini and more like a shrunk and stubby Dodge – but it’s still sweet.
Bugatti’s styling meshes well with Mini’s, with the flat roof allowing Bugatti’s distinct C-shaped swoosh to still wrap around the door. Up front, Bugatti’s horseshoe grille and horizontal lighting elements fit suspiciously well.