Ok, so despite really not liking many visual aspects of the new Cooper S I decided while my car was at the dealership that I should drive one rather than moaning about how it looks.
Drove a 1st gen Cooper S first as a reference point, loved it, all the feel of my Cooper with lots more power.
Was very impressed with the new Cooper S, the engine is great, noticably a little quicker than the 1st gen S - missing the lovely whine of the Supercharger of course and as previously discussed quite loud in the tappet noise department.
I thought the handling and general feel of the car was superb, although I didn't like the lighter steering (somehow the wheel also felt less chunky), but this would be the only negative comment I could make.
Interior-wise I would love to see a cross between the 1st and 2nd gen, such as the more tactile materials of the new interior with the superb design of the old (plus a few little improvements....better cupholders for those of you on the other side of the pond who like Big Gulps) - now that would be something..
Still not sold on the actual look of the car and items such as the carpet style wheel arch liners have me wondering - "why"?
However, well worth the effort to learn more about the new model and it is certainly an amazing drive.
Not so happy with the end result however as I now want an S..
I love my Cooper, but now I just have to have the Supercharger - please wish me luck in finding the exact same or better spec but in an S
Or.........is there just some easy way to just bolt the Supercharger onto what I already have?