No, this is not one of Zagato’s works of art

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

Had a go at making an Aston Martin Vantage shooting brake. Got the idea for the rear while making a Ferrari Roma...

Posted by Rain Prisk on Monday, August 24, 2020

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.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage Drivetrain
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Aluminum 4.0-liter V-8 (Twin Turbo)

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.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage specifications
Engine: 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine
Horsepower: 503 horsepower
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.

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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