> Funky cool is neat ... But $48k neat? uh, I sorta suspected it'd be pricey. but not double-pricey; you can get a decently equipped Mini 'round here for $23K. At $48, I'd spring for the gas guzzling anti-green ozone destroying Hummer. > >>Only 2,000 will be made. Only 415 will be available in the US. > > (2) Exclusivity is cool I meant it as a downside. My driving sets me apart, all on its own; don't need distinctive wheels to do it :) > Dang! ... Who is this 'old' guy? ;-P how's that '74 Deville workin' for ya, grampa? old people. sheesh. Now, if you compare that funky little Mini to my battered Kia Sportage, I think we get virtually nothing in the Kia's "Pros" column except price. Yeah, wheelbase is short enough that I can change front and rear tires simultaneously. Except you'd need three jacks to lift the pig; at least my standard tranny model only weighs a billion tons; Tristan's automatic came with a paving addon so you could repair the road after you crushed it.