Would the 8 Series work as a shooting brake?
A long, slender, station wagon-coupe for long journeys?
German car makers aren't new to this. They love creating a niche segment, then creating a sub-segment for the new niche segment, then a sub-segment of the sub-segment... you know the drill.
Look at the BMW 8 Series as a prime example: it started out as a V12-powered coupe and it eventually transformed into the car we have now. A coupe, a convertible and, as of last week, the 8 Series is available as a four-door Gran Coupe. So what if they created a shooting brake version?
The term "shooting brake" originated in the late 1800s and it was used to describe horse-drawn vehicles which were used to carry shooting equipment. It was later used in the early 1900s in the UK to describe vehicles which were essentially the forefathers of the station wagon.
The "shooting brake" body style was revamped in the 1960s and then again in the early 2010s by, you've guessed it, the Germans. The shooting brake body style combines elements of the station wagon and the coupe, making the car more stylish than the former while being more practical than the latter.
This particular 8 Series Touring render comes from another expert artist, X-Tomi Design, and it looks rather good. The good news is that it looks balanced and not awkward, but the bad news is that at the moment no official mention of a shooting brake, or "Touring", 8 Series has been made by BMW.