Autoweek jumps on the R56 preview bandwagon with their own review of the official R56 prototype press launch that was held last week. Here’s an excerpt:
The car itself feels amazing at the track, with a nimbleness that allows for point-and-shoot driving at its best. Balancing the car on its throttle, easing off and feeding in the gas to aim the front of the car wherever one wills it, snapping the steering to maintain long drifts through sweeping turnsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬”the Mini allows for it all while forgiving even the most ham-fisted maneuvers.
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For prospective Mini shoppers, the ride should be even more fun with the optional sport suspension. Mini engineers say much of the harshness found in the carsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ suspension tuning is erased in the new car, with the standard suspension on both cars allowing for a more comfortable ride.