Mike Duff from Fifth Gear has one of the better (and thorough) reviews we’ve seen from MINI’s recent R56 Prototype press preview. Here’s an excerpt:

>Okay, so the cars that we were invited to drive were still wearing some disguise tape, mostly covering up badges and brightwork, but more than enough was on display to make it clear that BMW is sticking closely to the visual look that made the previous generation car such a success. And you can’t blame the company for that, considering punters have so far proved themselves happy to spend a good 30 percent more on a mid-spec Mini than they would for a conventional supermini.

>You’ll need to look closely to spot the differences between the outgoing Mini (shown below) and the new one (above). Look closely and you’ll see a slightly lower, sportier glassline complete with a longer rear window. The biggest structural changes have happened at the front of the car, where the Mini’s headlamps are now mounted to the body and shine through holes in the bonnet – promising vastly improved illumination than the infamously wobbly bonnet-integrated units of the old car.

A great review and highly recommended reading:

[ 2007 Mini first drive! ] Fifth Gear