• You Can Now Have a Porsche Boxster Shooting Brake, But Is It Blasphemy?

The jury is still out on this one, so we need your opinions

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Look. We’d take a wagon over a high-riding SUV any day of the week. Perhaps that’s why the undersigned loved the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo so much that he pledged to buy one someday.

The thing is, however, Porsche and station wagons don’t exactly go hand in hand. People went out of their minds when the carmaker introduced the Cayenne, so we doubt that an out-and-out family hauler built by Porsche would get the fans jumping for joy. That said, what about a Boxster-based shooting brake? Is that something you’d take out for a spin to the hypermarket and back?

Wait, what? There’s a Boxster Shooting Brake on the market?

You Can Now Have a Porsche Boxster Shooting Brake, But Is It Blasphemy? Exterior
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You’ll hear a lot of Porschephiles churning out nothing but words of praise for the 986 Boxster. And for good reason(s). Driving dynamics? First class. Corner-carving abilities? Top shelf, too. Although you’ll still hear some complain about the lack of standard features; it’s well-known that the likes of 18-inch alloys, heated seats, rear park assist, cruise control, and sat nav were optional features. Storage space wasn’t exactly stellar, either. But this is where Van Thull Development comes into play.

The Dutch firm that specializes in composite bodywork and customizing exotic cars says it picked the 986 Boxster based on a trait that’s rather relative for the mid-engined sports car: reliability. It then joined forces with Fontys Minor Motorsport Engineering, and it looks like the plan works, even though costs have been kept to a minimum by using mostly off-the-shelf parts and less custom-made ones.

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As a result, the Boxster Shooting Brake’s doors and side windows come from a 996-gen Porsche 911. The rear hatch assembly was taken off a Peugeot, and if you take a closer look, you’ll spot some 997-generation and 991-generation Porsche 911 bits and bobs as well integrated into the new body kit; the front end is a 997 911 conversion, for example.

Availability-wise, Van Thull still needs to mold the final versions of the roof, hatch, rear fenders, rear bumper, and door sills, according to The Drive. Once those are done, the company will offer them as a conversion kit, so those eager to get one will be able to fit it on their 986 Boxster regardless of what engines power them.

You Can Now Have a Porsche Boxster Shooting Brake, But Is It Blasphemy? Exterior
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So, what do you think? Cool idea or not really?

PS: We absolutely love it.

Source: Vanthulldevelopment

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
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 full bio
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