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Station-Wagon / Estate

  A Station Wagon is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area.


There is something about Black Friday that brings out the crazy in people. Trampled store employees and fistfights over the latest Elmo doll in the toy aisle have become an unfortunate yearly tradition only hours after observing Thanksgiving. It’s ironic to say the least.

But perhaps equally as ironic is the idea of a station wagon hitting 60 mph in under four seconds while hauling a trunk-full of Christmas presents for the whole family. We’re not afraid to explore the ironic here at TopSpeed, so we compiled a list of vehicles we would use to snag all those infamous Black Friday deals.

These Black Friday cargo haulers had to be fast enough to outrun other shoppers, have enough cargo room to haul a flat-screen TV with other boxes stacked around, and flashy enough to let others know you mean business.

Scroll on down for TopSpeed’s top-10 list of Black Friday deal-getters and why we chose them. Leave a comment on which one you would be driving.

Click past the jump for the Top 10 list of best wagons, hatchbacks , SUVs and — uhm — "Other" gift getters

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In December, one of the best tuning shows kicks off in Essen, Germany, and AC Schnitzer has already started unwrapping kits it will display on the show floor. The first of them will be based on the BMW 5 Series Touring and as expected, it includes upgrades to the exterior, interior and the drivetrain.

AC Schnitzer is offering power upgrades to pretty much all the models in the 5er Touring lineup, starting with the 520d and up to the 550i with output ranging from 34 to 93 horsepower. As you probably expected, the biggest upgrade is for the 550i, which AC tuned to deliver a total of 525 horsepower — a healthy boost from the standard 449 horsepower.

To help milk this extra power from the various 5 Series models, AC remapped the ECU and added a new exhaust system with sports rear silencer and tailpipes.

Also included is a sharp body kit that gives the 5 Series a new look, while maintaining its overall classy appearance. On the inside, the 5er gets an aluminum gear shifter knob and pedals, as well as high-end velour floor mats.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 5 Series Touring by AC Schnitzer.

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Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake

Shortly after Mercedes unveiled the new CLA sedan , Gordon Wagener — the company’s head of design — announced that a shooting brake version was just around the corner. Still, ever since the announcement was made back in April, we never caught the CLA Shooting Brake out testing.

Today, however, our spy photographers got lucky and the model was spied up close wearing very little camouflage. In fact, we’re not too sure why Mercedes to tried hide it, because the CLA Shooting Brake’s back end will be basically identical to the CLS Shooting Brake , while the front end retains the CLA look.

As for the engine and gearbox lineup, expect it to borrow the sedan’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engines offered in two output levels, one with 121 horsepower and one with 154 horsepower. Rumors suggest that we will also see an AMG version offered with the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit that delivers 330 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake.

German tuner MTM has always been one of the most successful Audi tuners in the world, so when news comes out that it is hard at work on another program, we all stand up and wait for the project to finish.

Well, the latest one is done and its got a pretty intense engine upgrade, to say the least. This is the Audi RS6 Avant and, while it doesn’t inspire the kind of break-neck power and fancy aesthetics that seemingly all station wagons carry with them, MTM made sure that this RS6 Avant packs a wallop of an engine upgrade.

The engine remains the same, which is to say that the RS6 Avant is still powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine, but MTM went to work on tuning it. This tune resulted in an increased output of 722 horsepower and 652 pound-feet of torque — a dramatic increase from the RS6 Avant’s standard output of 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. With this significant upgrade in tow, the RS6 Avant is now capable of hitting 62 mph in 3.3 seconds, 124 mph in 11.3 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.

At the corners, the RS6 carries MTM 20-inch bimoto wheels wrapped in 285/35ZR20 Michelin Pilot Supersport rubber. Up front, this hopped up wagon features an MTM-exclusive Brembo monobloc six-piston braking system with 405-by-36 mm (15.9-by-1.4-inch) discs.

This massive engine modification program does come at a cost with MTM charging €13,751.80 ($18,504.42) for the treat of getting the RS6 Avant’s output up to the 700-horsepower range.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi RS6 Avant by MTM

The Audi RS6 Avant has been in the tuning headlines recently. So much so, that we are starting to wonder if so many owners think it is subpar or if tuners are just starting to recognize that it is ripe for tuning.

We’d like to believe its the latter because the RS6 really is a masterful piece of work. Aftermarket companies are right to be interested in the vehicle, and no more so than one of the biggest Audi tuners in the world: ABT Sportsline.

A day after it introduced a new program for the S3 Coupe, ABT is following it up with its own take of the high-powered German wagon . Unlike the S3 Coupe program, this RS6 Avant was given its share of distinguishable aesthetic upgrades, specifically the addition of new carbon-fiber mirror caps. A stainless steel exhaust silencer system was also installed, as well as new suspension springs, and a new set of either 20- or 22-inch wheels.

Those are some nice additions, but we all know that ABT Sportsline prides itself on its impressive performance programs, and this RS6 received quite a load. From the standard 560 horsepower and 519 pound-feet of torque numbers of the RS6’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, ABT was able to drive it all the way up to a staggering 700 horsepower and 652 pound-feet of torque, allowing the sports wagon to now hit 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds to go with a top speed of 199 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi RS6 Avant by ABT Sportsline

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We are all for wild concepts and crazy customs, but this one is a little much for us. As crazy as this title might sound, it is true; we (reportedly) will indeed see a Shelby GT500 sporting a shooting brake tail in the near future. Don’t go checking your calendars, folks, it’s not April 1st...

The idea belongs to Strand Craft — a U.S. based company that build super yachts and is still working out the kinks in its own supercar lineup.The company claims to be working on a Shelby GT500 that is will transform into sport wagon. Depending on the final product, this could be the ultimate muscle car or a car so ugly that even the Pontiac Aztek would turn away in disgust.

Strand Craft promises to release the final product in April 2014, and the yacht builder claims that this is more than just some fancy body work. Under its hood, the GT500 Wagon will keep the supercharged 5.8-liter, V-8 engine from its donor car, but Strand Craft will tune it to 850 horsepower — an increase of 188 horsepower over the base model. This power will reportedly sprint the muscle wagon to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds.

The interior will come fitted with Recaro seats, tons of leather and an eardrum-punishing, 1,000-Watt, seven-channel audio system by McIntosh.

Note: the car you see in the above photo is an artists rendering, not the actual GT500 Wagon.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Shelby GT500.

Source: Autoblog
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The new Audi RS6 Avant is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful sports wagons out there. Even the best can be better sometime, so the German tuner O.CT Tuning found a solution to improve this output even further.

The tuner is offering two stages of upgrades for the RS6 . In Stage 1, the engine electronics are heavily modified, pushing the V-8 engine to a blistering 670 horsepower and a peak torque of 649 pound-feet.

With the extra 110 horsepower under the hood, the RS6 awakens to a tune of 0 to 60 in 3.4 second. Top speed is increased to 190 mph, but an optional set of tires allow O.CT to unharness the RS6 to a top speed of 200 mph.

A Stage 2 upgrade is also available, and it includes an additional sports exhaust system that adds another 10 horsepower to the output level delivered by stage 1.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS6.

The Tokyo Motor Show is shaping up quite nicely, and Subaru will be on hand to present a handful of concepts, including one that’s Suby is calling the LEVORG Concept.

The etymology of the LEVORG name apparently was taken from a combination of "Legacy", "revolution", and "touring," a three-name combo that leaves us a little confused, honestly.

But hey, it’s Subaru’s concept so we’re going to stick with what its decisions for it are, including the name.

The Japanese automaker is touting the LEVORG Concept as a "sports tourer" that will serve as a preview for a production model that will be launched next year in Japan, with the possibility of getting some international love if vehicle meets the company’s expectations.

Subaru also released a handful of teaser photos of the LEVORG Concept and from the images, it looks like the tourer carries the same design language that Subaru is using these days on a handful of its new models, including those slanted headlights that we also saw on the 2013 Subaru WRX Concept . A fancy set of alloy wheels are also part of the concept’s package, as will be a horizontally-opposed 1.6-liter turbocharged engine.

No details on performance numbers have been released but we imagine the car to get something along the lines of 150 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read about the potential predecessor of the LEVORG Concept, the Impreza Tourer

This Mercedes C63 AMG really is a nice piece of eye candy, isn’t it?

Thanks to car wrapping specialist FolienCenter-NRW, in collaboration with aftermarket company SR-Performance, we can safely say that you have a C63 AMG that has the looks to match its downright sick performance credentials.

The first order of business is to give props to FolienCenter for dressing up the sports wagon with a cool Matte Bond Gold Metallic finish that not only adds a cool touch to the C63 AMG , but also adds some added character to make the vehicle more pleasing to the eyes. A contrast glossy black color was then used on the roof, roof-mounted luggage rails and the door handles, providing a neat touch of balance on to give the car that subdued sparkle attributed to the entire wrapping package.

Moving on to SR-Performance’s contribution to the program. The tuning firm, known for its impressive power upgrades, added a host of new components to the entire engine makeup, including air filter inserts from BMC and Milltek racing catalytic converters with pre-catalytic converter replacement pipes. Combine both of those with a remapped ECU, and you’re looking at a car that now produces 540 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. That’s a healthy bump from its stock 457 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.

Who cares if this C63 AMG is carrying all that booty; anytime you can get that much power out of the car’s engine, that’s a good tradeoff to have.

Click past the jump to read more about FolienCenter and SR-Performance’s work on the Mercedes C63 AMG

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All this talk of gorgeous HD Point-of-View driving videos reminds me of a knockout drive to share here as part of a travel article.

The four videos show the high-def ascent of the Pikes Peak Toll Road outside Colorado Springs, Colorado. Taken earlier this summer by none other than this grinning goon.

The car of choice for this adventure is the only car for the job, in my opinion. My cherished but battered 2005 http://www.topspeed.com/cars/subaru... Subaru Legacy GT manual Wagon.

This is the car that I mention in my bio as currently non-functional in garage ion the updated TopSpeed Team page...

It is still needing a big electronics overhaul to come back to life as spunky as it was when new.

But watching the clouds roll by while the upgraded turbo spins furiously and boost spikes as high as 19 PSI.

Climbing Pikes Peak takes about 45 minutes and costs about $12.00 per car. It is mostly tourists driving very slowly, with double yellow no-passing zones all the way to the top.

But on that rare sunny day, the only things slowing you down are fear of heights and the thin atmosphere at the 14,000-foot crest of the peak.

Click past the jump for the next four videos in this series, in order, going up and coming down the legendary Pikes Peak in all its high-definition glory.


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