World Debut: MINI Clubman Concept

Curious about the next MINI Clubman? The wait is over. MINI has taken the wraps off of the Clubman concept, and in doing so, given us a very clear view at the 2016 Clubman itself. As is customary with MINI and BMW’s lightly disguised concepts, it’s the hard-points that should be focused on. The question remains, however, what exactly is going to make it to production and what is a design exercise? Read on to find out.

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The Exterior – what’s Concept and What’s Production?
If you’ve been following MF for the past year, nothing here should be a surprise. The size of the car (4223 mm, or 5″ longer than the Countryman) is key, as are the four forward-opening doors we’ve been telling you about. The front is taken directly from the F56 (with some concept bits added on for good measure) and the rear is 100% production with the exception of the latch.

One detail that is particularly interesting is the similarity of this concept to the design sketches we saw just before the F56 was released last year. If we had to guess (and make some slightly informed assumptions) we’d say that this might be an early look at the LCI (the “life-cycle refresh” or “impulse” in BMW-speak) for the F5X cars due out in 3-4 years. One key aspect of the design that gives this away is the attention to detail of the ducting around the front wheels. These create the air curtain (again BMW-speak) that improves airflow around the wheels to decrease drag. The amount of engineering that goes into something like this indicates that these are a feature we’ll see headed to production at some point.

What about the color? Our sources tell us that the unique color for the F55 won’t be the burgundy you see here, but a new dark blue called Lapisluxury Blue which looks very similar to the revised Rocketman concept blue from a few years back.


The Interior: What’s Concept and What’s Production?
Inside it’s pretty much all concept when you look at the details. The Clubman will carry over some of the F56 interior design but will tweak the overall look and functionality of the dash and center console.

What about the rear and the legroom? We won’t have specific details, of course, until we see it in person but our sources have called it better than the R60 Countryman in every way.

Release Date
We expect the F55 four door hatch to debut later this summer followed by the convertible in the spring of 2015. That would mean the Clubman concept you see above should hit dealers in production form in the latter half of 2015 as a 2016 model.

Check back for more on the F54 Clubman as we’ll have hands-on impressions and plenty more details in the coming days and months.


Official Release: At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show MINI presents the MINI Clubman Concept, showcasing a new brand philosophy for a higher class of automobile. 26 centimeters longer and just under 17 centimeters wider than the current MINI Clubman, the Concept comes over as sophisticated, cool and elegant. The iconic design is supplemented by high-quality details, plenty of space for functional features and selected materials. Refinement of the hallmark MINI styling ensures instant recognition, both on the exterior and the interior. The extensive colour and material concept redefines contemporary elegance and high-end quality in this segment.

  • Four doors and five seats offer plenty of utility space, thereby supporting an active lifestyle.
  • Classic MINI design features such as the hexagonal radiator grille, Side Scuttles, the Black Band, short overhangs and elliptical front and rear headlights ensure high recognition value from every angle.
  • Length: 4223 mm, width: 1844 mm (not incl. mirror), height: 1450 mm.
  • Integrated aerodynamics as an essential part of the exterior design.
  • The interior design interprets typical MINI shapes and colours, presenting an effortless and elegant combination of high-end quality and functionality.

An elaborate colour and material concept in the interior with exclusive materials and unexpected details. The Center Instrument with newly conceived user interface creates an event-controlled interaction space with touch operation.


A new class for the future of MINI.

“The MINI Clubman Concept shows how the MINI Clubman could be taken a step further: more interior space, a greater sense of high-end quality and yet still clever, bold and distinctive. In short: more car, more MINI,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design, explaining the approach to this model. For over 50 years now, MINI has stood for maximum use of minimum space. 26 centimetres longer and just under 17 centimetres wider than the current MINI Clubman, the MINI Clubman Concept applies this aspiration to a new class of automobile. As Head of MINI Design Anders Warming explains: “With the MINI Clubman Concept we are presenting a car with space, flair and style in a segment where the focus is mainly on function and utility. With clever ideas, emotional design and a cool blend of colours and materials, it offers an overall experience which remains unique in this segment to date.”


Supreme, dynamic, elegant – the exterior design.

Even with larger exterior dimensions, the MINI Clubman Concept is instantly recognisable as a typical MINI. With the characteristic agility of the MINI proportions, the prolonged roof line clearly reflects the car’s extensive utility space. It also gives the silhouette a distinctive elegance, underscored by generous surfaces. The powerful, warm Berry Red colour shows surfaces and shapes to optimum effect. The roof in the colour “Blade” – a metallic grey – creates an elegant contrast with the warm red of the corpus.

Classic MINI design icons such as the hexagonal radiator grille, Side Scuttles, Black Band and the typical lights are designed in precise, high-end style. The modern, reduced interpretation of these features gives the MINI Clubman Concept a more sophisticated, charismatic look. The themes of aerodynamics and air ducting are clearly highlighted in the exterior design. All openings and outlets are integrated in the geometry and elegantly shaped. Clearly defined wheel arches and the roof spoiler accentuate the car’s dynamic appearance, underscoring the overall impression of sporty flair.


Typical MINI in every detail – the front section.

Seen from the front, the circular headlamps, hexagonal radiator grille and roof with add-on look clearly identify the MINI Clubman Concept as belonging to the MINI family. The radiator grille is strikingly elaborated and incorporates the bumper in the front section. The bumper is finished in Black Chrome, adding a touch of exclusive style to this functional element. Elaborate details such as the three-dimensional structure of the chrome ribs inside the front grille further enhance the front section. The high quality standards of the MINI Clubman Concept even extend to the surface modelling. Fine edges add precision and presence to the generous surfaces. In the lower area of the front-end design there is a continuous air inlet which highlights the breadth of the MINI Clubman Concept, thereby emphasising its solid standing on the road. Meanwhile a finely wrought chrome rib appears to hover inside the air inlet, giving this sporty detail a touch of exclusive appeal. In the outer section of the front apron there are so-called AirCurtains – an aerodynamic feature that gives the wheel arches an aerodynamically optimised closure. These dynamically surround the lower part of the front section like two brackets.


Plenty of space for characteristic dynamism – the side.

Reduced to the essentials, the side view instantly conveys the qualities of the MINI Clubman Concept: a long wheelbase, flatly positioned windows and short overhangs reflect characteristic MINI agility. At the same time, the long roof line and the typical two-box design clearly emphasise the car’s high level of functionality and its generous utility space. Meanwhile the four doors reflect the extended exterior dimensions and increased functionality. Generous surface expanses elongate the side, while at the same time subtle surface modelling and precise lines make the silhouette appear flat and dynamic. Three chrome elements give the side section a sense of exclusivity with modern understatement. At the front, the Side Scuttle incorporates the filigree mirror base and turn indicator in an elongated element whose shape is echoed by the two electrical door openers. Integrated flush with the surface, these draw a line back to the rear which is taken up by the rear door handles. Above this, the surrounding shoulder line in chrome offsets the corpus of the car from the greenhouse and roof in hallmark MINI style. This so-called Waistline Finisher embraces the entire passenger cell, reinforcing the exterior graphics so typical of the brand. The 19″ light alloy rims in bicolour Black Chrome and Chrome finish are the highlight of the side view. A clear cup formation gives the elaborate multi-spoke design a highly dynamic touch. In between, glossy accents are added by non-cupped polished surfaces.


Aerodynamic details for optimum air ducting.

The MINI Clubman Concept is the first MINI to be fitted with a so-called AirBreather at the side. The AirBreather echoes the design theme of the AirCurtains in the front apron, cutting dynamically into the surrounding Black Band. The elaborate double roof spoiler at the rear is shown to best advantage from the top view. The third brake light is integrated in between the two wings of the roof spoilers in Formula 1 style. There are also two longitudinal sections of plexiglass which run across the entire length of the roof like rally stripes. In conjunction with the roof spoiler, this means that the distinctive dynamic air typical of MINI is applied to the MINI Clubman Concept from a bird’s-eye perspective, too.

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Typical MINI Clubman: split doors for increased loading convenience – the rear.

The MINI Clubman Concept is broad and athletic in the rear view. The familiar MINI cascading – a staggering of multiple layers – gives the automobile a very solid standing and a muscular wheel orientation when seen from the rear. The most striking rear elements are the characteristic split doors. The typical continuous door frame is no longer made of sheet metal. The door graphic itself provides the frame surrounding the entire rear section like a discreet bracket. This newly elaborated design gives the whole rear a reduced, modern appearance. The horizontally positioned rear lights have a highly detailed finish. Their shape underscores the car’s broad standing and the dynamic orientation of the rear section. Selected chrome accents such as the “Clubman” inscription, the MINI emblem on the left-hand door and the door handles are specific details which emphasise the high-quality aspiration of the MINI Clubman Concept. As in the front section, the aerodynamically optimised bumper finishes off the rear to the road.

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Exclusivity and function interpreted in contemporary style – the interior design.

Along with the exterior, the interior of the MINI Clubman Concept has also grown to larger dimensions. With four doors and five fully-fledged seats, the MINI Clubman Concept offers plenty of space for the pursuit of an active lifestyle.

The new dimensions are brought to life by means of generous surfaces and more sophisticated spatial effect. The underlying design theme in the interior is the characteristic ellipse. Precise and contoured in its shaping, it comes over as more sophisticated while clearly displaying its origins. Around the ellipses, the interaction between several levels and surfaces adds lightness and a three-dimensional feel to the interior.

The unusual materials are especially worthy of mention: nubuck leather in a light Sky Blue, patent leather in rich Berry Red and black soft nappa leather ensure an exclusive interior atmosphere which is highly expressive. In between, elements in patinised silver add high-end accentuations. The patina gives them the character of familiar, fondly used items. Decorative strips in blue limed ash grain convey cool, modern elegance. The two highly expressive fabrics Tweed Grey and Black Twill set an attractive counterpoint to the classic value attributes of wood, leather, silver, thereby creating the familiar MINI interior experience. Small details such as the buttons with Union Jack embossment on the seats and central console, contrast stitching, piping or red accentuation surfaces in the sunblinds which only appear when these are folded down all add a touch of surprise to the mature character of the MINI Clubman Concept.


High-end sophistication and presence – the instrument panel.

The interior element of the MINI Clubman Concept with the most powerful presence is the leather-covered instrument panel. With a surround in blue limed ash grain and a white porcelain finish, the black upper section of the instrument panel has a hovering appearance. Indirect rear lighting of the gap reinforces this impression and gives the area in front of the driver and front passenger an extremely high-end ambience. The linear air vents have patinised, silver-plated surrounds. Between the air vents there is an area in Black Chrome which can be back-lit if required that provides additional information for the driver and front passenger. The suggested “Faded Diamonds” rhombus pattern gives the Black Chrome surface a particularly high-quality structure. The lower section of the instrument panel is finished in Berry Red patent leather, providing an extrovert yet sophisticated contrast to the more discreet design of the upper half.


Multi-layered and light – the door design.

The newly interpreted ellipse in the side runs dynamically across the two doors to create a visual link between front and rear. The armrests in blue nubuck leather appear to hover in the doors, while behind them there are practical storage compartments. The decorative surfaces in the doors have indirect backlighting to underscore the inviting, contemporary ambience. The side mirrors and roof liner recede discreetly into the background due to use of high-quality fabric Tweed Grey in salt-and-pepper look, while the quality weave of the fabric Black Twill with classic black-and-white contrast on the floor and mats makes for an elegant finish. The concept of spatial function in the rear is rounded off with clever storage facilities in the split doors as well as a double load floor. The pouches in the doors are elaborately fitted with nubuck leather in Silk White. They are placed within convenient reach and help make optimum use of space in the luggage compartment. The double load floor provides additional storage capacity.

Intelligent controls.

The display area in the centre console (160mm x 150mm) adapts according to the content selected or the situation on the road. Three “intelligent” toggles are assigned the relevant content according to selected content or driving functions. Above and beyond this, the three toggles can also be freely programmed and assigned particular functions according preference. The haptic quality of the toggles means that the various functions can be operated during travel without looking. Here the MINI Clubman Concept has taken classic operating elements that have been a part of MINI for 55 years and consistently advanced them.


  • Captain

    Goodbye split tailpipes! Sad to see that go. Otherwise, I like most of what I see here.. bought my first Clubman when the kids were 2 and 4 in 2008 – could really use the 4 doors and space in the 2016 model.

    • John McLauchlan

      I think this is (and many other details) are just for the concept. The spy shots show split exhaust.

  • There are many things on this new Clubman that looks right – especially the rear treatment. Curious that it has an MCS exhaust but an MC grill (sans the much derided overbite). I assume this is just a concept – or are they testing the waters for a more conventional grill on the MCS Clubman?

    As these new models are revealed it is interesting to reflect on those small things of the current cars that you will miss. In my case it is the long elegant frameless doors of my R56 and R50. Nothing says summer like opening the door with the windows down.

    • les

      I didn’t notice the flames on the doors. Thanks for pointing that out.

    • dr

      Good eye…I didn’t catch the window frames either in those photos. framed doors would be a bit of a disapointment

      • torobud

        not a disappointment if you have ever had the frameless ones fail to go all the way back up when it is cold out… makes for a great breeze in the cabin!

        • For sure. Just because you’re used to one thing doesn’t mean the alternative is actually worse.

  • chris94602

    interesting split panorama roof.. I guess in this concept the panels wont open.

  • JamesRHG

    I can’t get along with those rear lights; incorporated into the body shape like on the paceman, maybe, but with this concept they seemed tacked-on and an afterthought. I would much-prefer horizontal lamps at either side of the doors and a large MINI badge that spits in the centre, it’s position floating to the left makes it look unsightly. Either that or do away with the clubman script and just have M I N I written across the bottom of the trunk. Other than that I love the front end treatment, that overhang looks much better on a slightly larger car, yet I think the move to square interior vents is moving too far from MINI design language and losing an essential feature which doesn’t detract from a quality appeal; people want a MINI, not to feel like they’re sat in a colourful BMW!

  • EHans

    Not a fan of that center console. Looks too much like… everything else everyone else makes.

    And no club door. Why is this called the Clubman if there is no club door?

    I do like the overall style though, and personally like they bought the tail pipes back together like the Cooper hardtop has. I wish the Countryman had the dual center tailpipes vs the split tailpipes.

    This front end looks better too than does the new F56.

    • Club doors are the rear doors. The coach door is the side door.

      • EHans

        Not according to the MINI USA site –

        Maybe they are renaming them for the new model.

        CLUBMAN The side Club Door and Split Barn Door boot make the MINI Clubman extra versatile (albeit a bit more odd) while the dynamic Sport Mode and Dynamic Stability Control make it extra fun to drive.

        CLUB DOOR This small, reverse-hinged door on the passenger side has big, forward-thinking impact. It makes it easier for passengers to pile in and out of the back seat, facilitates loading extra-awkward cargo, and is almost unnoticeable when not in use.

        SPLIT REAR BARN DOORS Business in the front, party in the back. Or is it the other way around? Either way, this pair of swinging rear doors were a favorite utilitarian feature of the original Minivan (introduced by our ancestor The British Motoring Corporation). Yep, perhaps ironically, the “Mini” in “Minivan” comes from us.

      • les

        EHans has a point. Do you think the production version will be called the Split-Rear-Barnman ?

        • RacerX

          More likey, the “Traveller” name is being tossed around as MINI tries to get the rights, using a name from the original Mini series.

        • Traveller has been reserved for the “space box” people carrier. Different car.

    • Blainestang

      I’m sure the Club door was named after the Clubman, as opposed to naming the door a Club door and then naming the car after the type of door it has. Therefore, the car can be a Clubman without having a Club door. The Club door doesn’t make it a Clubman… the fact that it’s on a Clubman makes it a Club door.

      I think that horse is sufficiently beaten.

  • Drillslinger

    Holy crap! SOLD!

  • SF Dede

    I. Really. Love. It.

    Really, really.

    Mini, you have me back.

    Gone are the memories of the 2002 R53 Cooper S that wouldn’t start when my wife was in labor (at least my memories). 😉

  • ulrichd

    Like the front end much better than the hatch version. Seems closer to the Rocketman concept everyone loved. Shame we are losing the split doors and going conventional. Don’t love the tail lights but I seem to have a problem with MINI tail light design (size and proportion) on almost all models except the R50/53 and current Clubbie. Guess it’s me 🙂

    • To be clear – rear split door are staying for production. The side coach door is making way for two traditional forward opening doors you see in the concept.

  • Alexandre Sitbon

    I usually save my judgment on design until I see the car in the flesh, but this concept looks really good. I would be sold on a JCW version. I know it’s a small detail and it will probably not make it to production but the door handles treatment in very interesting. They look like what’s find on Astons and on the latest Jag F-Type.

  • b-

    This concept is beautiful! This is the nose that they SHOULD hvae gone with on the F56! I don’t see why they did a concept interior, what are the chances that they will change the interior from the F56? I like it but I don’t like that it will have the short doors, I need a coupe length door to get into these cars comfortably, I tried the Countryman and it was no good, also my seating position would mean that there is the B pilar blocking my sight when I look left as I always turn my head when changing lanes.

  • cone assassin

    Clubman grows 5 inches longer than the current Countryman, everyone loves it. Hardtop grows 2 inches over previous generation, people lose their minds.

    Keep going, MINI. Clubman concept looks awesome! Thanks for creating another vehicle that I want. Patiently waiting.

    • lavardera

      Funny! I wish this was what they made instead of the countryman – a 4dr wagon, not a truck cross whatever it was.

  • Hoover

    I really love this. They will have to resolve the rear badge placement, or offer a de-badged option. Now imagine a JCW All4 version…or one with the hybrid powerplant. I think I am looking at my next MINI. It may not sell as briskly in the US, but this is a car that will be a huge success in the global market. And those of us who love wagons in the US can finally get what we have been really waiting for in a MINI.

    • Ha!

      • Hoover

        I know…I know. The current Clubman has its diehard fans. I was just never one of them. And it will be hard to give up my R56 for a bigger car, but the family has needs.

  • KO

    26cm longer than Clubman sounds huge, but 4223mm is also the same length less than my E46 Touring. The earlier spyshots made it appear closer to 4.4m and was turning me off, but now…

  • Aurel

    Stunning! Dig the spoiler that splits with the club doors.

  • Tan

    If only the Hatch got this front and rear bumper design..

  • Tan

    If only the Hatch got this front and rear bumper design..

  • sugurunishioka

    Just one request for the production model: Please make white roof as an option. Not silver. White.

    • lavardera

      can I have your silver on my hardtop then?

  • Magnus

    184.4 cm wide not including mirrors? Thats closer to the f10 5 series @186 cm (f30 3 series @181.1). Will be curious about the weight of this thing. Close to Golf measurements, wider but slightly shorter.

    Will the 3-cyl have enough grunt for this car? Hopefully we will soon se a jcw chip, exhaust for the cooper bringing it to 155-165 bhp.

  • S Hunt

    Rear end fail. Otherwise thumbs up.

  • JIIN
  • jordan210

    Looks good, like the rear lights. We all know what the real interior will be as will be close to the F56.

  • piper

    In addition to its practicality, I like the concept renderings more than the actual vehicle. It appears to be much sleeker looking with its tapered roofline and three dimensional sheet metal flanks integrated into second set of passenger doors. The interior is also very nice looking.

  • oldsbear

    I would love to see a doorway through which my entire body could fit at one time. Contortions get harder and harder with six little doors and a sharply raked windscreen.

  • glangford

    I like it. Much better than the current clubbie.

  • rhawth99

    The front end is gorgeous! Looks so much better than the F56. Sure hope that the production Clubman has this front end. Doors with frames are so much quieter than the frameless ones. We are currently on our second Clubman S and I am really looking forward to seeing the new one in the flesh.

  • Dusty

    Wow…. there is that Mini Vision Concept front end again that was also on the F56 concept. But we all are familiar with the cankerous lip that evolved from it. Goldfish… Is that what’s gonna happen to this??? This concept looks neat, but what will reality bring?? I think we know….

    • Dusty

      PS — I also like the nicer dash and especially the console. The F56 interior is much improved, though the console still sucks. Maybe with more room, that to can be improved with the Clubman. The Clubman should not be a mirror image of another model(F56). I thought this was gonna be BMW’s vision of making cars more unique and not just another spin off of the same car. They get people interested in the concept, but reality is all together different. The let down…

    • Dusty

      PS — I also like the nicer dash and especially the console. The F56 interior is much improved, though the console still sucks. Maybe with more room, that to can be improved with the Clubman. The Clubman should not be a mirror image of another model(F56). I thought this was gonna be BMW’s vision of making cars more unique and not just another spin off of the same car. They get people interested in the concept, but reality is all together different. The let down…

      • les

        I like the higher center console in this concept. It reminds me of the CT 200h.

  • TheBigNewt

    Too station wagon like for me, but it’s a good looking car. It’s not a “Clubman” that car is dead, it’s a Countryman with a different name. Way better looking than other similar offerings from VW and Mercedes. Mini is starting to differentiate its lineup into larger 4 passenger cars and smaller 2 seaters, with the F56 riding the fence.

  • dr

    Finally a facia that looks good! MINI is wayyy too slow to bring this clubman to market. forget about the F55 and get this thing out sooner than later! There was a brief mention on WRR about how some of us folks who got in early are really really ready to replace our cars and the clubman is the car for us…..but 18mos is a long time to wait. May end up with a another car……

  • TIM214

    As a two time Clubman owner I was ready to hate this new version … but … I think it is cool. I do wish the back doors were reverse opening … but I do like it.

  • ulrichd

    I can’t help but think the rear end treatment is a bit conventional, especially with the horizontal tail lights. I always liked the light treatment of the current Clubbie just because it was a little different. Maybe just go nuts, like this:

  • James

    A friend has seen a mock up of the finished Clubman and tells me: – Nose is just like F56 – It’s noticeably wide – 15cm wider than the Seat Ibiza ST for example – Bigger front overhang (see scoop shots for details) – Standard mirror mounted on door not poking out of the side vent – Side vent had ‘COOPER’ written on the insert – Rear had a large MINI logo as the latch for the doors which spilt in two when they opened, with cut outs underneath the wing part for the hands – Standard door handles for side doors of course – Interior dashboard moulding is totally different to F56 hatch due to width, but with all the same controls but four square air vents – Centre console different with heater controls / toggles recessed into a rounded off square surround – Although obviously not as expensive as in the concept, the interior is fantastic – very high quality. – Plenty of room for three abreast in the rear with a rear air vent between front seats – Optional digital instrument packs instead of analogue dials Speculating now – I think it’s a hit, though the wagon styling may put some off – seeing as this is only 3cm shorter than a Golf, I wonder if they will launch a version with a fastback (like the 5 door F56) and a conventional hatch as a true Golf competitor?


    Still not a fan of the big horizontal tail lamps, but maybe they will grow on me in person. PLEASE make rear seats fold flat as current Clubman!

  • Is this more conventional Clubman targeting the Audi A3 Sportsback? They would seem to have a very similar profile.

  • RacerX

    Funny that no one has mentioned the fact that there is no hood scoop (and it looks great without it!) on this Concept Cooper S Clubman … Just a very neatly designed “power” domed hood! Looking forward to this possible “LCI version” Cooper S front end design making its way to production models.

  • Evan

    This will be my next car. Hands down. I love wagons and this Clubman is a MINI Touring. I agree that I hope this front fascia makes production as it’s much, much better resolved than the F56 front. With a bigger car, I’d probably have to get the S and switch out the lower bumper for the standard Cooper bumper assuming this beautiful front clip doesn’t make the initial production run.

    I can’t wait to see more pictures and get more info. I’ll hold out for the 18mo to get one.

  • Almost without exception I love MINI concept exteriors (but not without disagreement, such as these rear taillights and the sunroof). On the flip side, without exception I do not care for MINI concept interiors.

  • Blainestang

    Really liking this so far. Our GTI, which is also 166″ long, is the perfect size for transporting up to 5 people including a rear-facing child seat. Plenty of room, and absolutely no need to be larger under normal circumstances.

    The questions that remain: How will this drive compared to F55, R60, GTI/FocuST/etc? How will it be priced compared to the same? How will it perform with the 3-cylinder? If the new Clubby with the 3-cyl offers similar acceleration to my current R56 Cooper and drives well, it could be a great, more fun, alternative to a TDI Sportwagen or similar.

    Can’t wait to hear more and drive one.

  • Nick Dawson

    Love the suspended bowler hats and leather brogue shoes. What’s that all about? Well, it’s BMW’s way of emphasising the MINI’s British heritage.

  • JonPD

    Not bad though the 3/4 rear view reminds me of a chopped Ford Flex 😉

  • holy sexy monkeys. This looks quite fantastic.