This Porsche 911 Shooting Brake Rendering Proves Porsche Needs to Rethink its Strategy
There could be a market for this oddityby Michael Fira, on
Is your average Porsche 911 not roomy enough for you? Rain Prisk has answered your plea with this, a shooting brake 911 that actually doesn’t hurt the eyes when you look at it. Porsche should get to work!
There comes a time in everyone’s lives when the sports car has to make way for something bigger, more family-friendly, like a sedan or a crossover SUV. What if, however, you could bargain your way into a compromise: have the sports car, but with some added room?
That’s exactly what the 911 in shooting brake guise is: the extra practicality offered by a hatchback rear without going for the added hassle of the longer wheelbase and two more doors of the Panamera. It would be really cool if it was real.
Porsche has covered quite a bit of unchartered territory in the past decade-and-a-half. First, there was the appearance of an SUV in the company’s resume named the Cayenne, back in 2003. Then came the first production luxury sedan from Porsche, the Panamera, almost a decade ago. Both continue to strive in their markets, and Porsche added to the lineup a smaller SUV in the Macan and, last year put a new rear end to the Panamera with a roofline that continues with a straight contour to create the Super Turismo.
What that it is, essentially, is a shooting brake-style Porsche, the first to enter series production. It isn’t, however, the first time that Porsche thought of making a shooting brake model, which gives us hope that, maybe, somewhere along the line, a shooting brake 911 officially built by Porsche will be available.
The first time Porsche tried out the shooting brake concept on one of their cars was back in the mid-’80s when Porsche explored the potential of a larger 928. That’s how the 928-4 was built. It had seating for four adults and an extended roofline that ended with a hatchback-style rear end.
Built by the Porsche Development Center in Weissach, Germany, this 928 was 9.8 inches longer than the average model which, in turn, added 7.8 inches of legroom in the back.
It also features projector headlights in place of the usual pop-up setup. This change also required higher fenders and the B-pillar was also altered to work with the new roofline. It was a gift on the eve of Ferry Porsche’s 75th birthday, and it’s now stashed deep in Porsche’s vault.
But, besides Porsche’s own efforts, other tuners tried their hand at making more practical Porsches. DP Motorsports turned the 944 into a shooting brake as did the Belgian tuner Artz with the older 924. The recipe seems simple enough: extend the roofline until it meets an almost vertical back window and fit beyond the B-pillar some really long rear side windows. But some went with a more radical approach. Take Protoscar as a leading example. The company created a shooting brake Porsche 911 from the 996 generation.
It had a completely redesigned rear end with bespoke taillights and a fake rear window that slides out like a stretcher to offer some luggage room.
Remember, the 911 still has the engine in the back, so there isn’t much in the way of luggage space left at that end of the car.
What I’m trying to say is that there is a potential market for a shooting brake 911. If people have been testing this concept out on various Porsche chassis for over three decades, it means there is a will and a niche market. Maybe cutting two doors off the Panamera isn’t a bad idea. Especially if it looks as good as that gorgeous rendering. Until then, though, keep in mind that, starting with this year, the Panamera Sport Turismo is available in the U.S. too.
Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 911.