What a bummer. the new Cooper S looks great from the side and the rear looks ok, but that front end, is just ugly. The interior is not an improvement in looks and sorry, but I (and I'm sure I'm not alone) like the R56 and 53 interiors because of the unique look. I deliberately chose a speedo instead of the the computer on my R56 Cooper S because it looks so much more in keeping with rest of the design. It's a real shame if the new one won't have that option.
I agree that the Cooper actually looks better than the S, but I'm not settling for the less powerful engine.
Looks like I need to change my car early and buy one of the last R56 Cooper S's before their all gone.