Rain Prisk Just Did the Unimaginable to the McLaren GT and We Like It!
Mid-engined supercars aren’t exactly practical when it comes to luggage room, but McLaren set a new benchmark with the GT. Essentially a successor to the 570S-based 570GT, the McLaren GT offers more space than front-engined grand tourers and even most full-size sedans. But what if the GT was a shooting brake with the engine mounted in the front? A question that no one asked, answered by Rain Prisk, a designed who rendered many production models with different body styles.
Someone Seriously Has Some Crazy McLaren F1-Powered E34 BMW M5 Wagon
Look at the E34-generation BMW M5 in station wagon form. Does it look like a 311 horsepower family hauler? Yes, the wheels are bigger but, otherwise, it looks like any other 5 Series at the same time. While this is a stark contrast compared to modern-day M5s, what makes the M5 we’ll talk about today truly unique is the fact that it actually packs the magnificent Paul Rosche-designed S70/2 6.1-liter V-12 designed by BMW for use by McLaren in Gordon Murray’s F1 supercar. We’ll spare a few seconds before you move on so you can get rid of all the drool.
The E34 M5 was built between 1988 and 1995, and it was the second-generation 5 Series to receive the full-blown M treatment after the sleek and stylish E28. The E34 was decidedly more boxy and less shark-looking than its predecessor, but it also packed a bigger punch. In North America, it came equipped with the S38B36 3.5-liter inline-six throughout its lifetime although folks back in Europe got to try out the 3.8-liter S38B38 from 1991 onwards that came with 24 extra ponies.
Still, the E34 was very fast even with the 3.6-liter unit as it allowed for a 0-60 mph time of just 6.3 seconds. This is impressive considering a standard 530i equipped with the 3.0-liter, DOHC, V-8 (good for 215 horsepower and 214 pound-feet) needed about 8 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. Now, just take a moment and imagine how fast the M5 became once BMW crammed in the 618 horsepower V-12 of the F1 along with its 479 pound-feet of torque...
2017 McLaren Sports Series Shooting Brake
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.
It seems as if the new Ferrari FF will soon have a serious competitor from McLaren. The British company has tried to keep their future models as much of a secret as possible, but now AutoExpress has obtained the first details on a future shooting brake model set to arrive in 2014.
The new model will be based on the platform of the new MP4-12C supercar and will be similar in concept to the Ferrari FF. However, the British magazine reports that the Mclaren model will be significantly cheaper. While the FF is priced at about £230,000 ($366,000 at the current exchange rates) on the British market, the new McLaren model will be priced from about £150,000 (about $240,000).
The new McLaren Shooting Brake (not its actual name, at least as far as we know) will be a two-seater model, but with more boot space than the MP4-12C. Under the hood, expect to see the same 592 HP 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine as the sports car, meaning the future model will deliver impressive performance numbers.
Check out our rendering of what we’re calling the McLaren MP4-12C Shooting Brake and let us know what you think!