MINI is expanding the range of its ‘ALL4’ all-wheel drive models by offering two new versions of the Countryman and the Paceman. Available from July, they are both the Cooper edition, which are now even more versatile than before, what with the functionality of the ALL4 system complementing the performance of their potent powertrains.
The addition of four-wheel-drive systems to these crossovers that are never meant to be taken off-road may seem like a pointless proposition, but the ALL4 system in these cars is the same system that showed an amazing performance in the Rally Dakar and other competitions. Suffice it to say that it won’t embarrass itself when the going gets rough.
The ALL4 is not just for driving on snow, sand or slippery surfaces. The added traction this system provides will also enhance the Cooper’s peppy handling, says MINI, resulting in a more enjoyable drive on normal roads as well.
Technically, the system is based on an electromagnetic center differential and distributes drive force at continuously variable levels between the front and rear axle. Its electronic control system is integrated directly in the DSC control unit (Dynamic Stability Control), enabling it to direct drive torque quickly and precisely to where it can be most effectively transformed into propulsion.
In the Cooper Paceman and Countryman, powered by a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine with an output of 90 kW/122 bhp and 160 Nm of torque, the ALL4 is paired with a six speed manual gearbox, while a six-speed automatic is also available. Performance-wise, both models go from 0 to 100 km/h in about 12 seconds and have a top speed of 180 km/h, there and thereabout. Those who want more speed should go for the Cooper S version, also available with ALL4.