We’ve heard rumors of the back pressure popping sound so loved in the late model R53s coming back with the 2011 LCI. Today we can confirm it. For the 2011 Cooper S will indeed have the mythical back pressure popping sound when the sport button is pressed and a different fuel delivery algorithm is engaged within the MINI’s digital brain. It may not sound like much, but as any 2005 or 2006 MSC or current JCW owner can tell you, it’s a huge value add.

This addition along with the 13 extra HP (US), exterior and interior upgrades and audio system rethink have unquestionably made the 2011 refresh hugely impressive. But there’s still more to come. Check back each day over the next week for more details of the 2011 LCI culminating in final US market pricing.