Ok, I’ll admit it, I have a hard time calling this thing a “Shooting Brake”. Here in the U.S. we simply call cars like these station wagons, we’ve been doing it for 75 years and it’s worked out ok. Maybe it’s my blue collar lifestyle but calling something a shooting break simply sounds to high brow to me. I mean if we really want to get technical about it, wouldn’t my Magnum SRT8 be a shooting brake, or how about the old 1979 Ford Country Squire we used to have. Should that have been called the Country Squire Shooting Brake, or maybe the Ford Country Shooting Brake? Either way, I don’t like saying it and from now on refuse to do so… so there.
Recently I did an article on the upcoming 2011 Mercedes Benz CLS AMG, a four door coupe that I know is going to be a hammer when released. Mercedes seems to think the new design will be so successful that they have apparently been developing a station wagon (see, I didn’t say shooting brake) version of new CLS as well. BMW tried to do this its new 2010 BMW 5 Series GT, a noble try, but one that failed miserably in my opinion.
I have to say that I do very much like the new CLS Wagon (yet again I didn’t say shooting brake) concept. Its low slung roof line and body lines are very elegant while at the same time giving it a very muscular look and feel. Right now Mercedes has two engines that will most likely make their way into the new CLS. Either a 300 hp direct injected V6 or a 4.6-liter turbo V8 that puts out 435 hp and more than 400 lb.tq. There is no word of a AMG version at this time, but I wouldn’t put it past Mercedes to make it happen.