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Anything Ferrari can do, McLaren can do better. At least that's what the boys in Woking seem to believe. After all, McLaren has trounced Ferrari around the Formula One circuit for the past several years now. But while the British team has followed its Italian rival from grand prix racing into building supercars with the McLaren F1, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and (most recently) the MP4-12C, one thing Ferrari does that McLaren doesn't is grand tourers. And with the advent of the FF, shooting brakes.

That could all change, however, if the latest rumors are to be believed. (Which is something which, in this case, we wouldn't take for granted.) According to the rumormongers over at Auto Express, McLaren is preparing a shooting brake based of the MP4-12C (pictured above, flashing its air brake). Now given that the 12C is a mid-engined supercar and not a front-engined GT like the Ferrari Four, we'd say that makes about as much sense as Renault reaching back into its showcar history to build the Espace F1.

The rumors further state that the McLaren shooting brake (fancy-talk for a two-door wagon) would go downmarket to rival the Porsche 911 – which is something we've been expecting McLaren to pursue sometime after the MP4 roadster and the upmarket successor to the original F1 supercar. But something's a little amiss here, so for the time being, we'll take this particular report with a grain of salt that would dwarf Lot's wife. Then again, we did run into McLaren design director Frank Stephenson checking out the Fisker Surf in Paris last year...

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Every european exotic manufacturer seems to be obsessed with either shooting brakes or SUVs these days.
      • 3 Years Ago
      wtf???? bad idea man....
        • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      McLaren MP4-12C SHOgun! The ultimate hoonwagon!
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shooting brakes are one kind of car that more automakers need to make. I find it hilarious how automakers make cmonstosities like the ZDX, Crosstour, X6, and 5GT, and expect them to sell like hotcakes, but a shooting brake that actually looks nice? Oh no, that won't sell.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        BMW Z3 coupe scared everyone away from shooting brakes.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can you guys stop calling the MP4-12c "the MP4"? All McLaren cars (since the merger with Ron Dennis' Project4, McLaren Project 4, MP4, get it?) have been called MP4-something, including their Formula 1s... You can call it the 12c though, as that part IS unique. The Spyder will probably be called the MP4-12s... The hypercar (F1 successor) will probably be called MP4-20c (or some other number). Back to the topic at hand though. I have test driven the 12c and it is an AWESOME AWESOME machine. Much better (imho) than the 458 Italia. But yeah, I wouldn't mind an "entry level" McLaren in Porsche price range. One I could actually afford... :-)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mid-engined shooting brake?! Does not compute...
        • 3 Years Ago
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was getting worried for a bit that AB hasn't written any Shooting Brake-related articles in a while. No worries people. Just a rumor. Only the idiots over at Auto Express and Autoblog would think that McLaren would be stupid enough to do such a thing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Excuse my hyperbole, but this could not be a worse idea. If its anything like the Ferrari FF its going to sell abysmally. The FF may even have a leg up since its only available in station wagon and doesn't give the buyer quite as clear a picture of just how much of a wagon their Ferrari is. The McLaren, on the other hand, gives you a perfect chance to see where your mutant wagon monstrosity came from.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't like any of these shootingbrake models . They are all ugly and a wast of money . I'd rather buy a CTS V sportwagon and several other good sportscars that are a whole lot better looking with the money I save .
      Jason Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the FF and hate the karma surf. I bet the McLaren will look good though, and continue to rival Ferrari. The way these two companies compete makes the whole industry better. I love them for it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      MP4-12C Worst name ever? Or best name for a washing machine motor pulley? I hope McLaren goes into 911 territory. Imagine what these guys could do with a BMW M3, wagon sized beast. Props to them for taking it to the Italians so quickly out the gates.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The name relates to their race cars which all also have the "MP4-##" pattern. The C refers to the heavy (hah!) use of carbon.
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