In case you missed it yesterday, MotoringFile got ahold of a few leaked photos of the new R60. After that happened, instead of waiting a few weeks for further photos and details, MINI went ahead and released all of the photos which Gabe has posted along with some analysis of the newest MINI model. Worth the read when you get a chance.
Comments so far are pretty positive which is very rare for Motoringfile these days and it’s refreshing to see. Personally, I like this MINI. I like the idea, I like the way it looks, I love the interior improvements and don’t even mind the ginormous badge on the back (ala PT Cruiser) that is used to open the boot door.
Would I own one?
That’s a very interesting question. I keep reading that there are lots of people that would love to put this MINI in their driveway. I’m not sure I’m one of them. I really love the idea of having a MINI that can carry 4 passengers and also have that optional all wheel drive. But, if I’m honest, those are features that I don’t really need. I also love the changes to the interior and hope that some of those changes make their way into the other models when they refresh.
This is also yet another MINI that we won’t be able to get with a diesel option in the United States. This is a car that would love that powertrain, and I am a driver that would like to have it, but the hippies and tree-huggers that run this fine state I live in have seen to it that we don’t get a decent oil burner. Too bad.
I also have a feeling that this car, even in Cooper trim, will be priced much higher than I could comfortably afford and I can’t even fathom what the JCW-All4 beast will cost. Either way, I think this is a car starts getting into the ‘how much is too much for a MINI’ category. At least for me.
I love the way it looks, love the interior and love the idea of this MINI and all that it can potentially do. I just don’t think it’s a MINI for me. But, you are going to let me drive yours around the block once or twice, right?
Go on over to Motoringfile for Gabe’s fantastic analysis and some great photos. And, you can bet we’ll be talking about this during Woofcast 322 next week.
And go over and read what Nathaniel has to say. Equally interesting.