By 11 pm, the speaker-statue and Ludacris' "My Chick Bad" have drawn a couple hundred students into a pulsating, bobbing mass of energy. Just what Mueller wanted. We shouldn't be surprised that college students in Houghton, Michigan, aren't so different from the booze-loving college students at any other university in America. We are, however, amused by the dress code: ski googles to shield eyes from the blowing snow, CamelBaks for handsfree alcohol consumption, and enough layers to turn everyone into genderless blobs. Those who are much more cavalier about the weather, such as the gorilla and the dragon that pose with the Juke, stay warm with their alcohol-fueled enthusiasm.
We shoot photos for at least twenty minutes and several cops walk by without acknowledging us, but when we move the car for a new angle, we finally draw the attention of three officers in a patrol car. They're not pleased that our Nissan is parked halfway on the sidewalk and partially in a driveway. It'd be better, they say, if we pulled the car completely onto the sidewalk.
As they retreat into their mobile shelter, one of them calls back, "Oh, and hurry up, because the students are going to flip it."
Putting the rubber to the snow
Thankfully, our Juke remains right-side up for the remainder of the night and the next morning we can escape to the snow-covered back roads for some driving fun. The two all-wheel-drive systems work similarly, as both are capable of sending up to fifty percent of the torque to the rear wheels via electronically controlled clutches in the rear differentials. But while the Countryman has a single clutch pack, the Juke uses two clutch packs and can direct torque independently to each rear wheel, much like Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive. By sending more thrust to the outside rear wheel in a turn, torque vectoring keeps handling more neutral and allows higher cornering speeds.