Autocar got their hands on a press car in Spain during the official press launch of the 2007 MCS and found the new car generally an improvement. Here’s an excerpt:

>The ride is less choppy than before, especially if you stick with standard set-up, though it can get turbulent at times. The Sport suspension is acceptable, but the trade-off isn’t worth it. All Cooper Ss run on fourth-generation run-flat rubber, which is less harsh than earlier iterations. This Mini is pretty refined all round, in fact, and also makes noises endearingly similar to a tuned original Mini — a coincidence, says BMW. And the twin pipe exhaust sounds brilliant from outside.

[ First Drive: Mini Cooper S ] Autocar