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THE BEST SHOOTING BRAKES OF ALL TIME

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Josh S

I love shooting brakes. It looks awesome and has plenty of space behind the boot. However, most people say they are just a fancy name for an 'estate'. (Which I also can't understand, why would you hate estates?) However, I have brought you a list of best shooting brakes of all time.

1. Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake

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The Aston Martin DB5 is regarded as one of the most beautiful Astons ever built. The DB5 was built using a magnesium alloy body and had a 4 liter engine which produced 325hp at the most. The DB5 Shooting Brake was built at first for David Brown, of the DB fame. David Brown loved his DB5 but thought it was too small to carry his polo and hunting gear. Therefore, he custom ordered a new bodywork to the coachuilding company of Harold radford Ltd. Only 12 DB5 Shooting Brakes were built and this tradition of building shooting brakes were also applied in the DB6 generation too.

2. Ferrari FF

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The Ferrari FF is actually the first mass produced 'super' sports brake. It is equipped with a 6.3L V12 and a 7 speed dual clutch gear box. The body work is designed by Pininfarina, with beautiful side lines and a lovely rear. The car was also equipped with an intelligent four wheel drive system, allowing it to glide through tricky surfaces where the 458 might be struggling. Also it has a massive boot and a cabin area for four grown men. Some purists say that the FF isn't a proper Ferrari. But the thing is that this drives like a proper Ferrari and it even leads to places where you wouldn't have imagined going in the 458.

3. Mercedes Benz CLS Shooting Brake

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Look at this beauty. The second generation CLS is one of the most beautiful saloons in the world in my opinion and the shooting brake version is even better. The sleek character lines of the 4 door coupe was also well transferred into this shooting brake version. It was not only offered in a diesel version, which is economical and cheap but also offered as a 63 AMG version, with its rumbling V8. If you opt for a cheap shooting brake, you should opt for this one for sure.

4. Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Shooting Brake

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Don't say anything. Just look at it. If you look at this and don't feel a stir in your mind, you are not a human. Seriously. Look at those windows and the boot on the rear end of the car. This car is a bespoke one off Ferrari for Bob Gittleman, who thought that the conventional 365 GTB/4 was too 'ordinary'. So this one off model was made for him with a massive but lovely rear boot. It drives like an old school supercar, except for the fact that there is a bit more weight in the rear, which makes it actually bit better(according to Top Gear) So this pretty much seems like the perfect shooting brake, except for the price. Don't ask me. It was already auctioned 3 years ago.

5. Panamera Sport Turismo

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Don't tell me that this is an estate. Because Porsche says isn't and it isn't. Porsche purists tend to hate the Panamera or the Cayenne denying the fact that they brought great amount of cash flowing into the company, enabling them to make better 911s. But not only that; it is also very very fast and is offered in a Sport Turismo version too. The Sport Turismo version gives an extra bit of space in the already plenty boot of the Panamera but also offers great technology too. The rear roof spoiler is an active spoiler which helps the car go faster and reduce wind noises too. Oh, about the 'fast' factor? It is less scary than a 911 to drive and makes you feel faster due to its enormous weight when turning corners.

6. Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake

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If you look carefully into the picture, you might find that the background isn't exotic or special, it is just a town road(maybe not). But the car itself transforms an auction information photo into a wonderful laptop background. The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is the fourth car of Aston Martin and Zagato's Vanquish collaboration after the Coupe, Convertible, and the speedster. Only 99 units of this wonderful shooting brake will be produced, making it rare too. It is equipped with a bit more powered up version of the 5.9L V12. The signature double bubble roof of Zagato is also well incorporated into the design too. Most young people got to know the term 'shooting brake' for the first time by this car too!

Honorable Mentions

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Jaguar XF Sport Brake

Jaguar calls the shooting brake a 'Sport Brake'. The British way I guess?

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Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake

Virage is one of my favorite Aston Martins although not much people know or tend to pay attention to it. Only 4 of these are made; rare as usual.

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BMW Z3M Coupe

A cheap alternative for all of those cars above. Also its an M car too.

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