Another rave review for the R56. Here’s an excerpt:
ALEC Issigonis would be proud. For the all-new Mini to meet 2008 pedestrian-impact legislation, BMW realised that it had to extend the outgoing R50’s length by 150mm. But the Bavarians managed to meet the regulations with just a 70mm increase anyway.
Another miraculous packaging victory for the Mini, 47 years after the first one reinvented the small car.
[ Bavarian Mini Works spins its magic ] GoAuto
And that, in a nutshell (or, in this case, a clamshell bonnet) is what the 2007 R56 Mini is all about. Not revolution, or even evolution, but reinvention.
Welcome to the first Mini wholly created by BMW, probably the most engineering-led mainstream car manufacturer on Earth.
Every component of the old Mini was scrutinised and either updated or replaced by BMW, to infuse the new model with its brand essence.