Canadian Driver reviews the R56

Our neighbours to the north got some wheel time behind the R56 in Spain.

After a few days behind the wheel of the Competition Edition, I’m at a loss to suggest ways to improve the way the current Mini drives, save for its brittle, almost punishing ride on the standard run-flat tires. Nevertheless, there are changes afoot. Mini project manager Uwe Gaediecke told Car magazine in the UK that the goal was to mature the car, make it “better educated”. “You don’t have to drive it in an active way all the time,” he said.

Thanks to a slightly more grown-up chassis set-up and larger standard tires, the overall effect adds up to a lot more comfort and stability in both the base Cooper and the Cooper S – all seemingly without much of a reduction in driving pleasure when you’re really booting along. The front McPherson struts and lightweight rear suspension – it’s simpler than the old Z-axle set-up, but not the rumoured torsion bar – has also brought about a major improvement in ride quality and body control at high speed, two shortcomings of the current car that will remain on sale until next spring.

The reviewer recently spent some time with the Canadian Competition Edition MINI and this review refects that.

Thanks for MF Reader Ken for sending this in

[ First Drive – 2007 MINI Cooper/MINI Cooper S ] Canadiandriver.com

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