The gets behind the wheel of the R56 and gives us their take. Here’s an excerpt:

>Updating an icon can go horribly awry, can’t it? On the one extreme, you end up with New Coke and what passes for Pop-Tarts these days. On the other, you come out with something quite tasty and meaningfully improved, like the latest MINI Cooper S.

>The new powerplant and suspension tuning are a sizable upgrade over the former car. There’s some torque steer, but also plenty of smooth grunt and seamless turbo surge. Better ride quality far overrides the minor qualms we might have with the steering. And remember this, sportscar makers – traction and stability control have their place and time, but so does a hefty foot on the pedal and driver control, as the MINI allows.

[ 2007 MINI Cooper S ]