There have so many automotive anniversaries this year for instance 50 years of the Miura, 40 years of the Esprit, and believe it or not 20 years of the Boxster (that Porsche just feels like it arrived yesterday…) that you might have missed a slightly less obvious one; the 50th anniversary of BMW in Italy. To mark the occasion again (BMW already celebrated with the Futurism Edition i8 concept …) Mini of Italy built a Clubman All4 Scrambler Concept.
The Clubman was inspired by the BMW R nineT Scrambler motorcycle (BMW’s first official scrambler bike in its 90-plus year history…) not that we needed to tell you that – just check out those massive, knobbly off-road tyres! The Mini also has a raised ride height and rally-style spot lamps (they evoke the look of classic rally-winning Minis of the Sixties). It basically took all the fundamentals that made a scrambler a scrambler and stuck them onto the Clubman. It works so well that you’ll forget all about the Countryman.
Aside from being four-wheel drive and having its suspension beefed up, details about its performance figures are sparse. However, since we know it is based on the Clubman S All4, it should then pack the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder making 189bhp. We doubt it’ll be able to match the standard cars 0-100kph run of 6.6 seconds though – not with those tyres. It sure looks a treat what with that Frozen Grey matte exterior paint (a favorite of BMW's high-performance M cars), a set of Scrambler badges, black gloss paint for the wheels and a gloss metal roof rack. As for the cabin, it looks far plusher than you’d have expected. It features generous helpings of tan Nappa leather and Alcantara trim, a suede-effect headliner and carpeting for the luggage area. Hmm, for a car that is supposed to head into sand and mud we don’t know why Mini has given it such a luxurious interior.
It doesn’t seem destined for production but we’d love it if it was. Anyway, you can check it out at the Valentino Park motor show in Turin this week.