OK, the new Mini is nice, but is has as much in common with the old Mini as a Pontiac GTO versus a Ferrari GTO. My Mini, a bastardized Cooper S wannabe
(as countless Minis were) had a 1275 and all the usual trick things, but this new one is a luxury car compared to the original. I know they have to make it good to sell, but look at the Beetle. The original everyone knows, and the new Beetle is still fairly plain jane.
But the Mini has gone overboard, in a way. The original had a "heater" that was almost non existent, no sound insulation,"carpet" that was like burlap sacks, no radio, no lighter, originally, windows that didn't roll down, bias ply tires-4 1/2X10" drum brakes, a 4 speed that ran outa gears way too early ( 4,000 rpm@60mph), seats that were intentionally designed to be uncomfortable ( I kid you not), the list goes on and on.
Now you can get a 163hp (with 3 different types of transmission) 4 wheel antilock discs, leather, sunroof, 6 airbags, CD
,stereo, GPS, cruise, tilt, spin,rinse, wash, probably a goddamn DVD if you want it,etc, etc, ad nauseam.
I'm sorry, but it is a BMW-yuppy-caricature-wannabe of a car that had a certain style and cute attraction.
I usually don't condemn car in such terms, but I was an avid Mini guy in my twenties. Like many others, I knew every nut and bolt of that car, and could tell you at a glance exactly what engine block that was lying on the floor-997cc, 998, 1071, 1275, etc.
It's like seeing your first love all tarted-up with makeup plastered on an inch thick. No thanks.