McLaren MP4-12C dead-on rear viewWagon fever long ago caught on in Europe, but the fervor may be set to reach new heights. Porsche and McLaren are reportedly working on new long-roof versions of their Panamera and MP4-12C models, both evidently inspired by the new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake. Autobild reports Porsche may pull the wraps off a new wagon version of the Panamera at the Paris Motor Show this October. We're a little confused by the move, as the current model already offers plenty of cargo capacity and rear seat room, but we suppose that hasn't stopped manufacturers from spinning off multiple load-lugging bodystyles from the same model before. Autobild says a production version of the Panamera Shooting Brake could bow with the next-generation of the four-door in 2015, depending on how well the CLS Shooting Brake sells.

Meanwhile, website GTSpirit.com is piling on an earlier AutoExpress report that McLaren may be interested in giving the Ferrari FF a run for its money. Rumors indicate a MP4-12C Shooting Brake would still get power from the same turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 found in the Coupe and new Spider model. With 592 horsepower on hand, the hatch could click off the 0-62 mph run in around three seconds. What we're most interested in with this mooted model is packaging – the MP4-12C is a rear mid-engined design, suggesting packaging rear seats or cargo area would be a difficult enterprise. Word has it the machine could arrive as soon as 2013, though that seems unlikely. If that were the case, odds are our spy shooters would have already spotted test mules out and about.


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      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      You mean the Panamera isn't a shooting brake already? Looks like one and since coupes somehow are not 2 doors anymore then I guess shooting brakes no longer are also, so what are they going to do, just take the same car and slap "Shooting Brake" on it and charge $10,000 more? Actually it is Porsche, not Audi, BMW or Mercedes, it will probably be $20,000 more.
        Bobby_Sards
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        though I agree, I think you are being a bit presumptuous
      spinftwin
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Panamera should have been an unapologetic wagon from the start, instead of trying to copy paste the back of a Boxster onto a 4 door...
      FoxJ30
      • 2 Years Ago
      So they want to make a Panamera... with a hatch. I thought it already had one?
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FoxJ30
        It's a hunchback. Making it an official wagon hopefully is Porsche code for "less ugly back there and not trying and failing to be a coupe/sedan".
      Brex
      • 2 Years Ago
      The history of the term, Shooting Brake, is interesting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting-brake I'm a big fan of wagons so they can call them whatever they wish. A Panamera wagon sounds good. I'm a huge fan of the 12C so if they execute that properly, it'll be tough to beat. The MB Shooting Brake on the other hand, is an overwrought monstrosity.
      creamwobbly
      • 2 Years Ago
      The current shape of the Panamera is a travesty. Extend the roofline and add a hatch at roughly 45°, and it's a winner. Maybe give the FF a bit of competition into the bargain.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @creamwobbly
        I already consider the Panamera more wagon/hatchback than sedan. It has a hatched back, for once, and it's angled at near 45* anyway. It's just being too rounded and "fat" back there, it's like a hunchback. All they need to do is straighten it up back there to get themselves a wagon, and remove the rear doors for a Shooting Brake/Break.
      ClementZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't the Panamera already a wagon in a sense? What the hell would a Panamera Shooting Brake even look like? And I'm wondering if McLaren is going to build a new platform for this MP4-12C Shooting Brake. I don't think anyone has (or could) make a mid engined wagon.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      >MR shooting brake Do not know if want.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        It will give you what, another 2 cubic feet above the engine to roast stuff on? So no extra usability and the loss of a clear view of the engine (that even the Spider retains). I hope it's just a rumor.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somewhere, there are heads needing bullets....
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      As if the Panamera's profile wasn't ugly enough... Personally, I think a TWO door shooting brake would look much better. Something along the lines of the Ferrari FF.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        The problem with the Panamera is the roofline and tail segment are far too bulbous. If they can straighten it out and call it a true wagon it would look surprisingly decent.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      while i think it's kind of silly, a Panamera shooting break will ultimately be successful. and quite frankly, some of the renders out there are actually quite good looking. http://www.autospies.com/images/users/mugenpower/main/Porsche_Panamera_Shooting_Brea_001.jpg
      ayeco
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it's a four door shouldn't it be a "station wagon"? I guess "shooting-brake" suggests a sportier wagon, but it really should just be 2 door, right? But if you look at the origins of the term I'm not sure why the name is still around. Wagon, hatch, coupe, and sedan pretty much covers it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting-brake
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously, stop messing around with this ugly contraption and bring back the 928. Oh and make a awd version of it also.
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