I hear you on liking the Mini. I owned a MBZ dealership many years ago and had the opportunity to own some very nice and desirable cars. Problem was I never could "fall in love" with any of them like I did in my much earlier years owning Porsche 356's. My biggest disappointment was buying a 66 911. Compared to the 356 it was faster but just wasn't, "part of you" like the 356. Fast forward many decades and after I had sold my dealership I had the opportunity to sit in one of the first Minis that showed up in our town. I loved the look of the car and I loved the interior as well. I purchased a 05 R50 and then bought my present car almost 10 years ago. Purchased a couple of R53, one all black and traded it for a blue 06 Cabrio with just about every race goodie. Sold the 06 and kept the 02 and we are finishing building it out. 10 years ago when I bought the 02 I had a TPR2 Head . water-meth, NS1 Cam, 17% pulley, ARP studs, 450 injectors, Mynes V2 Header, Bytetronik FA. CAE shifter and Miltek exhaust installed. Today we are finishing the build out with Ported Intake, 650 injectors, TVS900 Supercharger, ATI 2% Pulley, LSD and Valeo Clutch. I may add NOZ and CO2 injection after I see how I like the TVS. I absolutely love this car and at 118,000 miles I hope to be able to keep it the rest of my days. Like I said, I've owned some very desirable and fast cars over my 75 years but only the old 356 comes close in comparison to my R53. The car becomes "part of you" and you create a sense of teamwork when driving it to get all of its performance. Faster than the 356 and I think better looking. I will keep and cherish this little car the rest of my days.