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If you're going with the manual, let me know what you find out about placing the order and delivery expectations. I started a thread elsewhere on here to monitor progress of the manual transmission orders.
As for your decision, it appears you've done alot of homework and your reasons for choosing one car over the other will vary from others. Some of your reasons I agree with, some I don't...but that's what makes buying a MINI so much fun!
Personally I love all the MINI's, and the JCW certainly isn't "uglier" IMO...just more beefy (on steroids?)...and that's the way a high performance car is suppose to look. And if you are wanting a soft gentle ride, the JCW is not going to be to your liking. As for the seats, the leatherette sport seats are perfectly fine...much better than the older Gen seats. My only regret is I wasn't able to see & sit in the std JCW cloth sport seats (nobody has any STILL!). I think I would have liked those, since I didn't order heated seats.
I chose the JCW because I love the new BMW powerplant in the JCW (hp & torque), I could care less about parking assist, and such things.....my car isn't for family outings...my kids are all grown up and on their own. I got the JCW "for the fun of driving"! it WON'T have any bells & whistles, other than the HK sound system and the added driving lights (those are practical though since the JCW has no fogs).
Only thing that bums me out is no CD player in the F56 (without cramming a 6-cd changer into the glovebox and adding Visual Boost...visual what?).
It's gonna be a long wait! Good luck with your final order...stay focused on what you really "need" when ordering or your wallet will empty really fast!
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