McLaren is rumored to be working on a shooting brake sports car and we rendered it

A company that used to build just one road-going sports car at a time until a couple of years ago, McLaren Automotive has evolved into a full-fledged automaker that now offers a full lineup of vehicles. Its current stable includes three series of sports cars and five nameplates (not including roadsters and track-prepped versions), but McLaren won’t stop here just yet. New models are set to follow until 2018, including a rebodied version of the Sports Series family, which currently includes the 540C and 570S.

The said, model is still a mystery as of this writing, but Frank Stephenson — the company’s Director of Design — has described it as a model that aims to attract "a different sort of buyer," giving rise to speculation that McLaren might be working on a shooting brake.

"I won’t deny or confirm but it could be an interesting way to go because that segment needs space," Stephenson told Drive in October 2015, adding that "the 570S will attract one type of client and the 570-’Blank’ will attract a different sort of buyer."

McLaren has yet to say when its most practical sports car will arrive, but word has it that an official launch could take place as early as March 2016, at the Geneva Motor Show. Even though McLaren has yet to confirm such a body style, we went ahead and rendered a shooting brake based on the current Sports Series. Keep reading to find out more about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 McLaren Sports Series Shooting Brake.

Exterior

2016 McLaren 570S Coupe High Resolution Exterior
- image 651401

Note: McLaren 570S pictured here.

All we know about this unusual McLaren is that it will be based on the Sports Series, which means it will borrow its styling cues from the 570S and 540C. Given its purpose is to offer increased comfort and roominess, it should also have more luggage space under the front hood. That being said, our artist took the McLaren 570S and gave it a longer wheelbase and a longer front end on top of giving its sexy rear end a wagon-like appearance.

These features will not only make the shooting brake unique, but will also give it sporty aerodynamics and performance figures close to the 570S.

Although McLaren is likely to rework a lot of details, I expect the rear end to remain mostly unchanged below the windscreen. Though we reshaped the taillights into a less aggressive design, we kept both the bumper and the diffuser. These features will not only make the shooting brake unique, but will also give it sporty aerodynamics and performance figures close to the 570S/540C.

We also reshaped the black "floating tendon" that dominates the car’s side panels because McLaren will have to given the aerodynamic features were added to divide and channel the airflow underneath the flying buttresses on the 570S. Since the shooting brake’s rear end will be completely different and change the way the air flows above and around the car, McLaren will have to redesign the "tendons" and maybe come up with a different way to improve aerodynamics.

The front end will get its fair share of changes too, but I have a feeling that the 570S’ headlamps, nose, and bumper design will remain in place as to keep the new model recognizable as a Sports Series car. Some modifications will be needed, however, since the vehicle will have a longer hood.

Interior

2016 McLaren 570S Coupe
- image 624330

Note: McLaren 570S pictured here.

Given McLaren said that the new model will retain the 570S’ mid-ship configuration, the shooting brake should only offer seating for two. All told, the cabin should mimic the 570S’ and feature the same infotainment system, instrument cluster, seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity and either DAB digital or Sirius satellite radio.

The shooting brake will be highly customizable.

Also look for the same leather-wrapped seats and leather-trimmed dashboard, as well as a pair of optional racing seats. As with all McLarens, the shooting brake will be highly customizable, allowing buyers to select from a wide range of Alcantara, Nappa leather and carbon-fiber selections. A McLaren Audio Plus 8-Speaker Upgrade System and bespoke Bowers & Wilkins 12-Speaker Premium Audio System with 1,280-Watt surround sound are also available.

The big mystery here is what solution will McLaren employ for the extra cargo space behind the rear seats, which will be sitting right above the V-8 engine. "Whatever you think are limits, aren’t limits, at least at McLaren. Nothing is impossible," said Stephenson.

Although that doesn’t answer my question, it does hint that McLaren might have a innovative solution for a rear-mounted trunk.

Drivetrain

2016 McLaren 570S Coupe High Resolution Interior
- image 651654

Note: McLaren 570S pictured here.

Just like its Sports Series siblings, the shooting brake will receive the same twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The question is how much power will it get? As of this writing, the unit is available in two guises. One that cranks out 533 horsepower and 398 horsepower in the 540C and one that generates 562 horses and 443 pound-feet in the 570S.

The shooting brake will be a bit heavier than its siblings and could use some extra power

My guess is that McLaren will go for the latter, as the shooting brake will be a bit heavier than its siblings and could use the extra power. Should that be the case, expect it to hit 62 mph from a standing start in around 3.5 seconds and 124 mph from a stop in more than 10 seconds. Top speed should sit at around 200 mph.

Another puzzle that comes with a mid-engined shooting brake is how will McLaren manage to cool both the engine and the interior, as well as provide a relatively comfortable cabin as far as engine noise goes. It sounds rather complicated, but I’m sure the brilliant engineers at McLaren will be able to find a way.

Prices

It’s a bit too early to talk about prices, but it is likely for the shooting brake to become the most expensive member of the Sports Series family. With the 570S priced from $184,900, the new sports car could fetch close to $200,000 before options.

Competition

Ferrari GTC4Lusso

2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso High Resolution Exterior
- image 664418

Currently, the only high-performance, two-door shooting brake on the market, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso, known as the FF until 2016, is significantly more powerful than the McLaren Sports Series. Motivated by a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-12, the GTC4Lusso benefits from 670 horsepower and 514 pound-feet of torque, which enable it to hit 62 mph from a standing start in only 3.4 seconds. Its top speed is also superior at 209 mph. Besides being quicker and more powerful, the GTC4Lusso is also more practical. Because the engine is mounted at the front, the Italian shooting brake offers seating for four and comes with a generous trunk at the rear. Unlike the Sports Series, it also has a four-wheel drive system. On the other hand, the GTC4Lusso is significantly more expensive, fetching more than $300,000 before options.

Read our full review here.

Callaway Corvette AeroWagen

2017 Callaway Corvette AeroWagen
- image 672844

Unveiled in 2013, the AeroWagen is a conversion kit built by Chevrolet tuner Callaway for the C7-generation Corvette. Available for the standard Vette, the Z06, as well as the performance packages Callaway offers for both models, the kit replaces the coupe’s hatch with a shooting brake-like roof. The package enhances luggage roof, give the Corvette a cool design, and it can be reverted back to the original design. The main advantage of the AeroWagen is that it’s available with four different drivetrain layouts, ranging from the standard 6.2-liter V-8 with 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque to the SC757’s supercharged V-8 with 757 horsepower and 777 pound-feet of twist. The AeroWagen conversion is also significantly more affordable than the Ferrari GTC4Lusson, coming in at around $15,000. Depending on the model of choice, pricing ranges between $70,000 and $101,000. You can’t get a better deal than that for a high-performance shooting brake.

Read more about the Callaway Corvette AeroWagen here.

Conclusion

2017 McLaren Sports Series Shooting Brake High Resolution Exterior Exclusive Renderings
- image 654243

The Sports Series-based shooting brake is still a rumor as of this writing and despite Frank Stephenon’s confirmation that there will be a new model for "a different sort of buyer," there’s a big possibility that this vehicle won’t become more than just speculation. The thought of McLaren building a sporty shooting brake featuring all the innovative, race-bred technology in the 570S is more than exciting. And needless to say, today’s cautious and unadventurous industry needs such vehicles, even if they’re built in very limited numbers. McLaren might not want to build an SUV, but a shooting brake would be a completely different story — both Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz (with the CLS Shooting Brake) proved that wagons can be both powerful and sporty. Sure, McLaren will have to overcome a lot of hurdles to deliver a mid-engined shooting brake, but it’s not impossible.

  • Leave it
    • * Just a rumor for now
    • * A mid-engined shooting brake is difficult to built
    • * The FF to become more powerful in the future
What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: