The Mini Countryman X-Raid might just be the coolest modern Mini

    MINI road cars are going off-road with a Dakar Rally based Countryman.

    The Dakar Rally is an annual Rally raid event formerly held between Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal, showcasing some of the most intense rally and off-road vehicles from around the world. Recently held in South America and Saudi Arabia, the rally has claimed the lives of many drivers - and the sanity of others, as amateurs battle with professionals during an intense 10 - 15 days and thousands of kilometres of dangerous rallying.

    MINI based racers have shown continuous success in recent rallies, namely the 2020 Dakar Rally in the hands of team Bahrain JCW X-raid. This presents quite the achievement for MINI, as building an endurance rally car is no easy feat.

    As a celebratory gesture, MINI themselves have found the opportunity to make a road-going tribute to the rally raid machines - called the Cooper S Countryman X-raid. The special package was co-developed with German motoring team, X-raid, and it features some seriously impressive upgrades.

    Most visibly, the X-raid Countryman has been fitted with extremely robust wheels, protected by hard-wearing rim rings to mitigate the chance of cracks from sharp rocks and debris, and tough-looking factory fitted Cooper Discoverer AT3 tyres increase overall off-road gripping capability. Additionally, a revised suspension setup has been employed for stronger durability, with changes including new top strut mounts and dampers; and a notable increase in ground clearance sees the car raised by 40mm, again further enhancing the car's potential on rough terrain.

    Unfortunately, the X-raid is unlikely to see any on-road performance benefits, as it is built on the current MINI Cooper S Countryman, which pumps out 141kW (189 hp) and 281Nm from it's 2.0L turbocharged inline-four.

    The special edition MINI is also made specifically for the German market, so it's unlikely we'll see it reaching our shores.

    - AutoNews Australia

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    Comments (8)

    • I’m not a fan of MINI. BMW have basically taken the name and pissed all over it. None of the MINIs offer any of what made the Mini a great little car: tiny, basic, arse next to the floor go-cart driving fun.

        21 days ago
      • Overall I have to disagree, the R53 is maybe the best go-cart experience in post-2000 cars. Small, raw, loud, unrefined. With the F-series they’ve gone a bit off track I agree.

          20 days ago
      • Then you’re agreeing with me. I’m saying the MINI doesn’t have that in the way the original Mini had it

          20 days ago
    • not really a mini at this point, too big , but its still sick.

        22 days ago
    • Nice but not mini

        18 days ago
    • Okay, if this was made by literally anyone else I would absolutely love it. But, I can't get over the fact that this just isn't a Mini. The company's whole "thing" is being incredibly small, with a lot of space inside.

        21 days ago
    • Give it the power from the jwc or gp and then you have something.

        22 days ago

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