CarThrottle.com recently posted a rendering and a few specs on what they imagined a shooting-brake body style would look like on a 2013 Scion FR-S.
According to CarThrottle,
- the body length would increase by 55mm
- the current fold flat bench would be ditched in favor of a 60/40 split
- trunk space capacity would increase by about 20% as well as
- 0-60 times increasing by just a smidge given that there wasn't a power increase
If you’re wondering what a shooting-brake is, you’re not alone.Shooting-brake refers to a wagon-esque style of automotive body style that has evolved to mean different things. Shooting-brake versions of vehicles began as a way for huntsman or sportsman to have a two door vehicle large enough to carry there sports equipment or even there hunting dogs. Modern interpretations include the now defunct Dodge Magnum, which was advertised as having a “shooting brake” style body profile.
Going back to this 2013 Scion FR-S shooting brake rendering, although attractive on paper, it would probably never see the light of day nor sell enough to turn a profit. First of all, the suspension geometry would be all different, not keeping the tail happy and neutral handling it’s lauded for today. Second, Toyota would have to tweak the engine to accommodate a higher vehicle weight. And lastly, the love hate reception that shooting brake designs usually garnered from the public is a risky financial move by Toyota in general.
There's a reason that shooting brake designs never really catch on. Sure they’re novel, but they just won’t sell. It’s always nice to see one rendered up thought. One of these days.