5 recent cars that proof shooting brake is the best body style
In a time where every car is trying to look like an SUV, just take a moment to remember those amazing creations.
Before going into the list of those gorgeous-looking machines, we need to define what’s really a shooting brake.
Nowadays, a shooting brake is an estate with a slicker line. Basically, it’s the estate version of the 4-door coupe. Some examples are the Mercedes CLA and CLS shooting brake, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo or the Kia Proceed, and all of those have 4 doors.
But, back in the 60s, when the shooting brake was created, it has a purpose more than just looking good. It was a two-door car with more space in the back so that rich hunters can put all their stuff in the trunk and still drive a good-looking car instead of something more utilitarian.
With that definition in mind, so two-door coupe with a bigger boot, here are 5 of the latest and greatest shooting brakes.
BMW Z3 Coupe
Let’s start with the older car on this list: the BMW Z3 coupe. It’s started its life as a roadster in 1995 which was already a nice ride. Then, in 1998, BMW decided to create a coupe version, but instead of covering only the cabin as usual, the German manufacturer decided to cover all the back of the car creating the marvelous Z3 coupe.
Under the bonnet, the coupe only offers 3 engines, all of which are 6 cylinders. The smallest one is the 2.8 that already produces 190 hp and 280 Nm of torque. Offered for the first two years of production, it can already reach 60 mph in just under 7 sec and either be paired with a 4-speed auto or a 5-speed manual gearbox. In 2000 this engine was replaced with a 3.0 capable of 230 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The 0 to 60 was improved by almost a full second. Gearboxes choices were a 5-speed auto and still a 5-speed manual.
Then come the daddy, the sportier M version. The Z3 M uses the same engine as in the E36 M3, here with 320 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The 0 to 60 only takes 5.4 sec and the only gearbox available was a 5-speed manual. Yes.
It’s pretty rare too. Around 11,000 non-M coupe and 7,000 M version were produced making a total of only 18,000 cars. Almost nothing compares to the 280,000 roadsters sold.
Rolls-Royce Silver Spectre Shooting Brake
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Bet you didn’t see that one coming. Cause it’s brand new and not even build by Rolls-Royce itself. It’s imagined by Niels van Roij, a Dutch Designer that creates all sorts of stuff such as a Model S estate, for example. We’ll talk again about him.
This car name is Silver Spectre Shooting Brake and it’s based on a Wraith, the coupe from the British manufacturer. To create such a unique shape, the coachbuilder uses a well-known material, the carbon fiber, to keep the weight down. The wraith is already quite a baby so better not make it heavier.
The 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 has received some modifications too. It now produces 700 hp and 900 Nm of torque. The performances aren’t communicated but the 0 to 60 should be around 4 sec.
Only 7 of those will be produced for a price that’s unknown. Of course, with that type of car, the owner can decide about everything, from the color of the leather to the stitching. So, expect a pretty big bill.
This car is the exact incarnation of what a shooting brake should be. Two doors, tons of space at the back, exclusive and fast. The last part maybe not in the description I wrote earlier but the FF sure is, fast.
Under the bonnet of this incredible Italian machine is a 6.3 liters naturally aspirated V12. It develops 660 hp and almost 700 Nm of torque. Enough to reaches 60 mph in just 3.7 sec.
It was also a Ferrari with all wheel drive. A very, very complicated system that sends just a bit of power to the front wheels when needed but only if you’re not going to fast. All in all, it was a rear-wheel drive car slightly more competent in the wet, which is not a bad thing. Just don’t expect to climb a ski slope, that won’t do.
It was produced from 2011 to 2016 and was then replaced by the almost equally beautiful GTC4Lusso.
Sadly, Ferrari has announced that the GTC4Lusso won’t be replaced because of the new SUV, the Purosangue. Such a shame.
Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake
If the Ferrari FF is the perfect example of a modern shooting brake, then this is the pinnacle of that body style. Just look at this car, the shape of the double bubble roof, the diffuser, the tail lights, everything is amazing.
The Italian designer Zagato and the British brand Aston Martin have a long history together that started in 1961 with the DB4 GT Zagato and this car is one of their latest collaborations.
This two-seater only was produced at a very limited number of 99 cars back in 2018. All were sold very quickly, which is no surprise considering the beauty of the vehicle.
It’s powered by the same naturally aspirated 6.0 V12 as the Vanquish S which produces around 600 hp. Thanks to the usage of carbon fiber for pretty much the entire car, the Zagato Shooting Brake can reach 60 mph in just 3.5 sec.
A year ago, one of the 99 exemplars was sold during an auction in Italy for just over half a million euros. Not bad.
Range Rover Adventum Coupe
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Wait, an SUV here? Once again, let’s take a look back at the original shooting brake, the one that was used by rich hunters to move around their guns and preys. What car can possibly better answers that description than a Range Rover Coupe?
Yes, the Evoque Coupe exists, but it’s the smallest Land Rover and you don’t want the smallest when you’re a rich hunter, do you?
Back in March 2018, the British brand presented a two-door version of the luxurious Range Rover at the Geneva Motor Show. It should have been produced at 999 exemplars. Sadly, it never entered into production.
Hopefully, earlier this year, a small Dutch designer decided to create his own version. Remember Niels van Roij? Yep, the one that designed the Rolls Shooting Brake. Well, he’s also building the Adventum Coupe, which is two-door Range Rover.
Only a 100 of those will be produced for a price starting at 270,000 euros, excluding taxes. Rich hunters, remember? For that money, the car is equipped with a 525 hp 5.0 Supercharged V8, exquisite leather and an entire wooded floor, from the trunk to the feet of the driver.