" . . . the F56 has to do with its underpinnings. As suggested by its codename that replaces the previous models' "R" prefix with the BMW-esque "F" prefix, the new hardtop will be the first Mini to share a common platform with a BMW model."
It also claims:
We will also see Mini and future small BMWs sharing a new family of turbocharged three-cylinder engines as well as a plug-in hybrid driveline.
The next generation of the Mini hardtop will enter the market in 2013 with a conve