A MINI Dakar adventure

Could this be the beefiest MINI ever? No it's not a MINI WRC car on steroids, but is in fact the X-raid team's new Dakar rally weapon.

Sponsored by Monster Energy (drink) and officially approved by BMW, the Countryman is a replacement for the X-raid team's current fleet of BMW X3s. MINI worked with long-time partner Magna Steyr to design the car, which offers a lower center of gravity and better handling than the BMW.

Underneath the familiar styling I wonder how much Countryman there is in this car? After all it's powered by a most unMINI-like twin-turbo diesel with 310bhp and a massive 524 ft/lbs of torque!

I'll certainly be watching the rally with interest to see how the MINI does, but if you want to know more check out the video below.

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