There's that addictive pop-pop-pop as you lift your foot off the loud pedal and the engine goes into over-run. There's no waste gate to speak of, and that excess pressure created by the now very refined supercharger has only one place to go through one of the four, 399,5cc capacity cylinders. The Minni Cooper S has undergone some changes and motorists are unlikely to realise that under that familiar body, there's a whole new beast.
The infectiously energetic television advert for the new Audi A4 was an indication that the brand was making a concerted effort to shake off its somewhat sober image. The edgy electric guitar riffs, the creative interpretation of human faces on just about any object you looked at gave one the feeling that significant changes had been made to the new A4.