The following rendering is purely fictional and most likely won’t ever come to market, but it is interesting enough to publish under the “What If” series. Using a BMW M4 Coupe as the base car, the folks over at X-Tomi Design rendered on top of it a BMW M4 Shooting Brake.
Shooting brake is a car body style that has evolved through several distinct meanings over its history and originated as an early 19th century British termfor a vehicle used to carry shooting parties with their equipment and game. The term brake was initially a chassis used to break in horses — and was subsequently used to describe a motorized vehicle.
The term was later applied to custom-built wagons by high-end coachbuilders and subsequently became synonymous with station wagon or estate.
In contemporary usage, the term shooting brake has broadened to include a range of vehicles from five-door station wagons — to three-door models combining features of a wagon and a coupé.
Some say, the shooting brake is essentially a two-door station wagon and that’s exactly what the rendering is showing here.
BMW currently offers the M4 in two variants – Coupe and Convertible – but a rumored M4 Gran Coupe has been highly discussed as well. Our sources say that, at least for this generation, no other variants are planned for the new M3 or M4, but the company is constantly evaluation the niche markets. For example, Mercedes-Benz is currently offering a CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake and a CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, and other models are rumored to appear in the future.
So we pose the question: which would you buy an M4 Shooting Brake?