2011 MINI Cooper S 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
We have owned this car for 7 years and it is still more fun to drive than any other car I have owned. It has the poee to make it feel like a muscle car and the handling of a sports car. Despite it's small size, it has plenty of leg room and headroom (at 6'-3" I actually move the seat forward to comfortably reach the pedals!). On a beautiful day you can ride with the top down and still carry in a conversation with your passenger. I highly recommend this car.
Having owned several lower-end sports cars in my life (Fiat 124 and X-19, a 1972 Mini, and a Matra-Simca Bagherra), I can happily say that this car has been more fun to drive than anything before. I am a bit of a stickler for traffic laws, but there's a large playground between zero and whatever. Even on highways with higher speed limits, the turbo-charged engine has sufficient zip to give the driver an adrenaline rush and cause a passenger to grab for the panic handle. Having said all of that, the potential cost to replace the high pressure fuel pump (MINI has extended the warranty for this to 100,000 miles.) or the turbo charger gives me chills, but not the good kind. When it came time to replace the tires, I got rid of the run-flats and added a spare to the already small trunk. Big increase in handling and ride comfort, with great savings to the pocketbook. Overall rating for me is AWESOME!