Shooting brakes or station wagons as most people like to call them, are apparently the newest trend amongst high end automakers. The concept here is actually quite simple and one that has been around since the 1940’s. Take one normal everyday car, extend the roof line so you have loads more space in the back behind the rear seats and then sell it to the public. In America we call these station wagons, but on the other side of the pond they’ve dubbed them “Shooting Brakes”, and thus use it as an excuse to charge more money. Bentley has the Flying Star Touring, Mercedes has the CLS concept and now, photoshop guru Theophilus Chin has thrown Audi into the mix with his rendering of an RS5 Shooting Brake.
Keep in mind that Audi is in no way affiliated with this, but artists like Theophilus Chin are great for the automotive community as they make us think about the “what if’s”. In reality an RS5 wagon doesn’t really make sense as the initial platform is simply too compact to be useful in my opinion. One thing that renderings like this do accomplish is that they help spike the imaginations of designers the world over. They give them ideas that may help them jump start some subconscious creativity and in turn keep the automotive design world rolling.