And there's the devil in the details. I really want the MINI JCW tune, but balk at the price like you. But having blown up one MINI already, I am terrified of a cheaper aftermarket tune.You can never have enough power (actually you can in a FWD), but I wish MINI offered a lower priced ECU tune option, perhaps £600 for 20hp to 210hp. That still leaves a 20hp gap to the new JCW and I'd buy it. I struggle with the £2k price tag for this though, when there are aftermarket flashes available for £500 that can achieve 240hp. I appreciate you get the security of the warranty though.
I'm going to wait a year and see how many cars blow up thanks to tuning, MINI or aftermarket. I'll probably end up sucking it up and paying MINI for the JCW tune.