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If you love scramblers, you're bound to love Mini's latest concept

The Clubman All4 Scrambler concept takes characteristics from off-road bikes and grafts them onto a four-door compact luxury vehicle. We didn't say it wasn't a strange idea.

Mini Clubman All4 Scrambler Concept
Mini based its Clubman All4 Scrambler concept on the BMW R NineT bike seen here.

If you're unfamiliar with the concept of a scrambler, it's essentially a road bike modified for off-road use, usually involving increases to ground clearance, chunkier tires and a focus on visual simplicity. Mini's latest concept takes the idea of a scrambler, and adapts it to the new Clubman -- except for that visual-simplicity bit.

BMW (Mini's parent company) modeled its concept after the BMW R NineT, a new-retro bike that's basically a blank canvas for modification and other tomfoolery. To bring the Clubman up to scrambler spec, Mini added some ride height, properly knobby tires, circular rally lights, a luggage rack and the same paint job that adorns the NineT's gas tank.

The interior keeps the Clubman's luxury theme alive, with a saddle-brown interior motif that kind of makes the car look like the inside of a comfortable, expensive shoe. It's loaded with Nappa leather and Alcantara suede, and the company hot-stamped a scrambler logo on the front seatbacks. Hell, even the trunk has a plush carpet.

It's likely that the performance figures are unchanged, as this'll never make it to production anyhow. The sportiest variant of Clubman, the Clubman S, puts out 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter, turbocharged I-4. If you happen to be in Italy, you can catch this concept in the "flesh" at the Valentino Park Motor Show in Turin this weekend.

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