You will actually be able to check this out in the March 05 issue.

>When the Mini Cooper folks took me and a few other automotive journalists to a racetrack to test these new second-generation coupes, it had the trappings of a joke. We’re talking about a subcompact city car, not a Ferrari, right? But instead of laughing, I whooped it up. Ninety-five miles per hour in a hair over 15 seconds, and 0 to 60 in a respectable 6.7 seconds. Yeah, baby.

>I really liked the electric steering, which took the shimmy out of the steering wheel while traveling over bumpy terrain. But it’s the whimsy that devotees of this English charmer clamor over.

[ Road Test: MINI Cooper ] Newsweek