Sometimes seeing is believing, so we bring you Test Drive, a series of DRIVEN original videos where we take beautiful cars and film them doing beautiful things in beautiful places.

We’ve been watching MINI closely since we launched DRIVEN.

Something about the marque—maybe the combo of a rich heritage, a modern design and a scrappy bravado—suits us.

So when we got the opportunity to take a look at their new Coupe before it hit the streets, we politely and quickly agreed. And we brought a camera along…

We put it through the paces of a typically daunting day in the life of DRIVEN in New York City

We picked up the brand-new lightning blue Cooper S two-seater and put it through the paces of a typically daunting day in the life of DRIVEN in New York City: a stop at the tailor, some breakfast, a shave on the LES and plenty of time to just zip around town.

Zip is the right word.

This car—loaded with a Gertag six-speed transmission, a MacPherson suspension and a 181-horsepower turbocharged engine—sort of feels like a souped-up go-kart, and New York is the perfect track.

Just know that when you hit 50 mph, the rear spoiler automatically raises and dares you to go faster.

So we did…

Note: you can launch the video from the button on the sidebar to the right. You know, for your many repeat viewings…