Just ahead of our MINI's manual shift lever is a small, round button labeled "Sport." Press it, and its activation is indicated by a small, green light. Why do we like it so much? Because it transforms the otherwise responsive MINI Cooper S into a seemingly telepathic machine that responds to gas pedal and steering wheel inputs as if they're still neurons in the brain. For most of us, pressing that button has become part of the launch program itself; start, seatbelt, sport button. But we've also come to appreciate the fact that we can turn it off in traffic, or when in a smooth-jazz state of mind.