• Oct 14, 2006
AutoBild magazine is reporting that BMW may have a "shooting brake" version of the 3-series in the works. The image above is from the cover of their latest issue and it would be safe to say we're less than impressed with the rendering, but it's interesting to see the redesigned front fascia that gets a distinct squash and pull. As we've learned all too often, these images are rarely a worthwhile indication of future designs.

The idea behind a BMW two-door hatch isn't entirely bogus, as Audi is looking to offer the same and competition between the two automakers is surely expected. Naturally, we finicky yanks will probably never see it stateside, as the premium hatch market hasn't boomed to warrant such an offering.

[Source: AutoBild via MotorAuthority]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll never forget the first time I rode in a shooting brake... OK so really it was a subaru outback, which has four doors. It was brand new and we took it all the way down to Miami, where some skateboarders sold us ecstasy and we munched it before walking down the beach and, eventually, basking in the waves.

      In other news, today I rode bikes with my girlfriend in Prospect Park. Then we bought okra at the farme'rs market and talked to my roommate about the master cleanse juice fast.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about shooting clutch?

      Stoneman
      • 8 Years Ago
      third it is
      • 8 Years Ago
      Charlie - I second that motion. Can we get a third?
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...because the 318ti was such a huge success...

      Scott
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love it! I also love the 318ti and Z3 coupe. I don't have kids, but I do have a large dog that I often need to drive. Any of the three would be more appropriate then my sedan. I also enjoy the styling so there is at least one person who thinks it's a good idea.

      Also, "shooting brake" must remain in the lexicon to describe one vehicle, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Shooting Brake. No other name is sufficient to describe that car. I'm fine with nixing it from the vernacular to describe Minis, Nomads, or capped Rancheros. None of them have the haughtiness to carry such a name.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw a Z3 coupe on a tow truck today. Looks like this. It looked terrible, and not to mention unreliable.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hyundai Excel: hatchback
      Chevette: hatchback
      Toyota Starlet: hatchback
      Dodge/Plymouth Omni/Horizon: hatchback
      Add $25 kilobucks to the price
      BMW 3-series: hatchback shooting brake

      • 8 Years Ago
      so it's a 3-series coupé/wagon? interesting..
      • 8 Years Ago
      #12

      Shooting-brake is a term used to describe a luxury estate vehicle built used by hunters (shooting)

      The original (break NOT brake) is a horse carriage used in the 19th and early 20th century. Size could be large or small, open topped, designed for use in the country.

      A "shooting brake" carried a driver and gamekeeper up front and up to six hunters in side facing benches with dogs, guns and killed game in the vehicle.

      A “break” was used for breaking in horses, a carriage with no body.

      The term was carried over to motor cars.

      So we have a “shooting brake” a larger vehicle capable of carrying a lot of people and things or as we know it a “station wagon”

      I like this new BMW.

      • 8 Years Ago
      WTF does "shooting brake" mean anyway? Is it a google translation from German of "ugly clown shoe?"
      • 8 Years Ago
      I remember Autobilds answer when I showed a shooting brake impression around one year ago:

      http://www.cwwcardesign.com/cars/bmw_shooting_brake.html

      They said it's completely improbably...now it comes.
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