The unusually knobbly tyres, extra front headlamps and the colour of the Mini Clubman ALL4 Scrambler, both inside and out, are a testament to the Italians flair for design, as Mini’s Italian design team got this concept ready for display at the Valentino Park Motor Show in Turin.
When you hear the word scrambler, you think bike, of course. That is exactly what Mini in Italy want. The concept was created taking cues from BMW’s R nineT Scrambler bike.
(For those who aren’t aware, a Scrambler is typically a standard motorcycle, not a dual-purpose or off-roader, but is equipped with carbuncular, versatile tyres, a raised exhaust for extra clearance and suspension that can cope with some light off-roading. Theses bikes enjoyed popularity in the 60s and 70s, but their retro appeal has lead to a bit of a rebirth.)
Back to the Mini. The frozen grey paint-job, black detailing and trims, and the interior tan and black reflect elements from BMW’s R nineT and overall exudes a touch of the retrospective. The luggage rack on the roof completes the look, although clearly the designers thought it necessary to add a retro suitcase in the boot too, for effect.
This special MINI was fitted with a beefed-up suspension, off-road tyres as well as mud flaps and plastic covers around the wheel arches. It also runs on MINI’s ALL4, four-wheel drive, system.
The car is on show from 8-12 June at the Valentino Park Motor Show (Salone dell’Auto Turino) in Turin, where the Italian branch of the BMW Group will be celebrating the company’s centenary and its 50th anniversary in Italy.