Thanks - After ordering it to my specs, I'll be sorry to see it go.
Since it was $500, LSD was not a very popular option but pretty useful when you have any power at all with a front wheel driver. After '09, MINI switched from the traditional mechanical LSD to the electronic version that I don't care for. Instead of redirecting power to the wheel with available traction, it merely applies the brake to the faster spinning wheel. It sort of works, but it's not very elegant.
Thanks for the tip on the paddle shifters - hopefully, I be able to find a car soon.