So I was driving home yesterday from the show and shine and I pass up this weird looking vehicle on my right. I was not fast enough to reach and grab my camera so I did not get a picture of it but then as it came into view I could make out the winged badge... It said Mini, I'm like WHAT DA XXXK ! That ain't no Mini. This thing is huge, honking ugly as sin ES-YOU-VEE. Later when I get home I get on the net and look up this beast. OMG this thing has bloated to 3,200 lbs and is 13 1/2" feet long. For the model I saw (Countryman), it can cost up to $38,150 - maybe more with options. You can even get it with 18" wheels and four wheel drive. Who on earth would buy one of these things?
Now the reason I am telling you this is so you know what is possible when some sicko can take over a classic name like Mini and screw it to hell. Just be real glad (more like very thankful) that our Mustangs have evolved from 1964 to present (minus a short brain fart in the 70's) to a much, much better machine. The old Minis were kind of like simple, low cost go carts that could rally or be small delivery vehicles.
I saw a real sweet 60's Mini at the car show I was coming home from and posted picture of it on my Flickr account. This little rocket took up less than 1/2 a parking space in length. When I saw the new one on the road bearing the same name I was just shocked what BMW has done. 4 Doors, 4 Wheel Drive...should have just called their Countryman model something else because it ain't no Mini. 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4 Long-Term Test
Could you imagine someone at Ford using the Mustang name to sell a 4 door, 4 wheel drive?