Few things are more purely exciting than an agile, well mannered car and a fantastic road. Alistair Weaver has a fantastic article for Edmunds.com about both. Here’s an excerpt:

The road:

>The Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the greatest driving road in the world. Stretching for 7.3 miles and climbing nearly 4,000 feet, it boasts 60 corners and a surface so smooth that it would flatter a racetrack. It could easily be described as the eighth wonder of the world, but almost nothing is known about its creation.

The car:

>BMW spared no expense when it developed the current Cooper and rumors persist that the Mini is more expensive to produce than the 3 Series. The new car needs to be cheaper to build and it will be interesting to see how the Munich boffins solve this particular conundrum without diminishing its quality. This first-generation BMW Mini could yet go down as a classic.

Nice to see some of the old rumors about the MINI still mentioned in the press. The car costing more than the 3 series to make was one of those things you often heard back in 2001 as the MINI was being introduced. With the new car set to debut later this year it’s worth reflecting on the current car a bit and this article does a fantastic job of that.

You can read the entire piece here:

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