I test drove a Cooper S at Patrick BMW back in March before I got my WRX, when they were only demos and you couldn't buy one. It was fun to drive, and I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. I was getting thumbs up from nearly everyone, including senior citizens. Really fun car, handles well for FWD, but it's lacking in power even in the supercharged form when compared to the WRX. You'll destroy him. Be kind to your friend with his new car, and don't embarass him too badly.