Could This Aston Martin Vantage Shooting Brake Solve the Company’s Financial Problems?
No, this is not one of Zagato’s works of artby Tudor Rus, on
Aston Martin has a weird history with shooting brakes or estates, if you wish. The company never went for an out-and-out wagon, but instead was satisfied with low-volume cars. Think of the one-off Rapide-based Bertone Jet 2+2 Shooting Brake or the more recent Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake, both reserved to One Percenters.
Then, what’s with this rendering of a practical Vantage?
It’s nice to dream but forget about a palpable shooting brake Vantage
Aston Martin isn’t planning on building another shooting brake. If it is, then it’s a well-kept secret. However, this hasn’t stopped Rain Prisk from coming up with his own version of an Aston Martin shooting brake - only his is based on the entry-level Vantage.
Essentially, all that changes is the rear end, which is now dominated by a long, sloping roofline that ends in a Kamm tail of sorts.
Now, in all fairness, we’re having some trouble with seeing the practical aspect of such a design exercise, but hot damn, the already sleek Vantage looks even sleeker now.
In fact, look at the render long enough and you’ll spot some Koenigsegg Gemera inspiration in there. Not that we’re complaining. Unlike the hybrid Gemera, the Vantage remains (for now) an internal combustion-powered car courtesy of Aston Martin’s long-withstanding collabo with Mercedes-AMG.
So, if the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 503 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque works for the coupe, it should work for a theoretical shooting brake derivative, too.
|Engine:||4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine|
|Torque:||505 pound-feet of torque|
|Transmission:||Eight-speed automatic transmission|
|Curb Weight:||1,530 kilos (3,373 pounds)|
|Power-to-Weight Ratio:||0.149 (horsepower per pound)|
|0 to 60 MPH:||3.6 seconds|
|Top Speed:||195 mph|
Unfortunately, Aston Martin is currently more interested in saving its buttocks from a financial pickle, so diverting funds towards a Vantage shooting brake, as appealing as it is to us, doesn’t make sense for the company.
Instead, Aston Martin’s priority is getting the DBX SUV up and running on the market, in the hope that it will do for the brand what the likes and Cayenne and Macan did for Porsche back in the day, i.e. rake in a lot of green.