I saw my first f56 in the flesh today. Unfortunately, it was only a brief glimpse and I didn't have a chance to photograph it...
It was a Cooper S in Chilli Red, white roof and a panoramic sunroof.
It was about 1.15 pm, at the Sainsburys Bridgemead Petrol Station in Swindon. Which is of course the home of Mini Panel production. Presumably a pre release management car.
Anyway, more importantly, it looked fantastic!