Get ready for some drama… what we see above appears to be the standard US-spec bumper for the 2005 MINI Cooper. Notice in place of the center mounted rear foglight US MINIs come standard with a piece of lovely black plastic. You can compare it to this photo I recently took in Oxford of a regular LHD spec Cabrio.

This looks similar to the “solution” BMW came up with for the new 5 series' rear bumper. Let's hope that we still have the ability to order the rear foglight and effectively opt out of the black plastic.