MINI has allowed roughly a dozen publications early drives in the car in an effort to show off the improved dynamics and the new engine. The tests are taking place this week so look for the early driving impressions of the new R56 MINI later this week on the web (when the embargo is lifted) and next week in print.

However if you want a sneak peak at the sneak peak, be sure to read the very first review of seat time in the R56 published right here on MotoringFile last November: Behind the Wheel of the 2007 MINI