The Mini Clubman has had a motorbike-inspired rugged makeover for this one-off special in Italy
10 June 2016

This is the Mini Clubman All4 Scrambler – a beefed-up Clubman All4 with styling flourishes inspired by the more rugged motorbikes of Mini owner BMW.

Unveiled in Italy, this one-off, off-road concept seeks to fuse the attraction of the common-or-garden Mini Clubman with BMW’s R nineT Scrambler motorbike.

Clad in big knobbly tyres and with raised suspension – much like its two-wheeled inspiration – the all-wheel-drive Clubman All4 Scrambler is painted in the same Midnight All4 Frozen Grey colour and features the bike’s circular headlights on its front grille.

The luggage rack harks back to the Mini Traveller of the 1970s, while silver detailing around the grille surround, windows and door handles adds a touch of contemporary bling. The interior is swathed in leather and Alcantara and there's a smattering of Scrambler badges.

The car was revealed at the Salone dell’Auto Parco Valentino in Turin as part of celebrations marking 100 years of the BMW Group and 50 years of the brand in Italy.

Both Mini and BMW have been revealing special editions and concepts around the world to mark the centenary of the BMW brand. A Mini Vision Next 100 concept will be unveiled in London on 16 June.

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A spokesperson for Mini UK said the All4 Scrambler was an Italy-only show car and there are no plans to put it into production, even as a less extreme, Audi A4 Allroad-rivalling variant of the standard Clubman, despite Mini’s recent history of exploring niches.

We've seen spy shots of the next Mini Countryman that suggest it will be a more serious SUV than the current-generation Mini crossover, so buyers wanting to venture away from the tarmac in a Mini may want to wait for the All4 all-wheel-drive variant of the new model. 

Phill Tromans

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10 June 2016
Despite never actually riding one.

10 June 2016
I have tyres like this on my Defender, and whilst I can accept the increased road noise because it serves a purpose, can the same really be said for this? Looks the business though, and I like the seats & headlining.

bol

10 June 2016
Because the standard clubman clearly lacks random self conscious adornment.

I drove past one the other day and thought how pleasant it probably looked before they started on the cocaine.

10 June 2016
I'm sure BMW would have no problem selling these to the fashion victim nerks, who already buy the incredibly ugly Mini spinoffs already on the market.

Citroëniste.

11 June 2016
Autocar, can you blag it for a test off road say at Tong off road centre with a Defender & a Wrangler. Hell a Panda 4x4 & a Renagade Trailhawk would eat it alive. Best left to the beautiful people.

11 June 2016
I think it looks great, personally. No matter what Mini do, there will always be haters. Its a one off, not going into production, it is them having a little fun. Far too little of that in the motoring industry as it is

bol

11 June 2016
I loved my first generation MINI Cooper S, but it wasn't covered in tacky ornaments like the new ones are. They look like they've ram raided H Samuel.

11 June 2016
bol wrote:

I loved my first generation MINI Cooper S, but it wasn't covered in tacky ornaments like the new ones are. They look like they've ram raided H Samuel.

At least on your the air scoop on the bonnet did something, on the last two generations they have just increased drag and lift, which I though was a no-no in automotive design.

12 June 2016
230SL wrote:
bol wrote:

I loved my first generation MINI Cooper S, but it wasn't covered in tacky ornaments like the new ones are. They look like they've ram raided H Samuel.

At least on your the air scoop on the bonnet did something, on the last two generations they have just increased drag and lift, which I though was a no-no in automotive design.

Yes, because no other car manufacturer puts flourishes in their designs that are pointless and counter productive. This isn't a Ferrari or McLaren, and it doesn't matter that it will knock 0.001mpg off the official figures

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