Hey mabuk01 think your showing your age!!!!
Yeah I hope so been driving a Fiat 500 1.2 for the last year, great little car for commuting, technology for Bluetooth and handsfree etc... Performance but you can only go as fast as the traffic in London. Will do 44 mpg on townie consumption compared to the 26 I was getting frow the JCW
But can you imagine the grin factor when I got back in the Works. I literally drove it for an MOT in the last twelve months, and I thought Jesus this is quick afterwards. It was like I was a born again Mini fanatic!
Drove it to Bristol from London over Christmas at about 70 miles an hour average and returned 38 mpg which is not far off what the Fiat did last year. The main difference being the pick up from a Works in 6 gear, no need to change down it will just pull. As would any upgraded Mini. Always felt a standard R53 was slightly over geared and needed to be changed down too much to get the best out of it.
The only down side of course is the technology has moved forward on the ICE side, doing some testing for Mikey at the moment on this with a bit of kit that will let you use Siri from the MFSW phone buttons but it is a bit flakey at the moment.
Never really got into total mini. Think it was because of the whole Max episode, that had occurred, all got a bit extreme!