These are the five best shooting brakes that we love.
Even people who love cars may have a confused look when they see the term "shooting brake." This term is thrown around a lot, and can be traced back to an early 19th-century British term for a vehicle that was used to carry a shooting party and their equipment. The term has later evolved to describe two-door station wagons that have a sleek, coupe-like profile. Shooting brakes can also have five doors, but we have picked our five favorite two-door models to show our shooting brake love.
The Volkswagen Scirocco is forbidden fruit in the United States. Volkswagen has refused to sell this car in the US, despite huge demand from enthusiasts. It may not be mechanically different from a Golf, but the sleek body style of the Scirocco is enough to make us pine for it. The fastest version of the Scirocco is the R, which comes with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from the Golf R. Unlike the Golf R, the Scirocco R is actually FWD, which means it isn't quite as fast. We've recently tested the Golf GTI and Golf R, both of which are fantastic cars. We would like them a little more if they looked as good as the Scirocco.
Ferrari made a bold move when it introduced the FF in 2011. There was nothing like the FF on the market back then, and even today the new GTC4Lusso has almost no competition. This car is the perfect example of why we love this body style. This is the only Ferrari that has real room for four adults and handles like a sports car. There are two engine options, both of which are awesome. There is a 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 610 hp, and that is only the the base engine. The 6.2-liter V12 has 680 hp and sounds better than any other four-seat car on the market.
The Corvette is already a very practical car with its huge trunk, but Callaway decided that it wanted to make the Corvette even more practical. The Corvette Aerowagon is not a factory-built car, but it does come with a warranty from Callaway so we put it on the list. This package can be put on a C7 Corvette Coupe, but our favorite is the Z06 with the 757 package that ups the power to 750 hp and 777 lb-ft of torque. We love this shooting brake because it retains the removable targa top of the Corvette and has the practicality of a wagon.
The BMW Z3M Coupe is one of our favorite M models of all time. We love the Z4M as well, but few cars are as odd as the "clown shoe." The Z3M (also called the M Coupe) was a project by a group of BMW engineers that had a tough time getting the car approved for production. We're happy that they succeeded and built this wonderful car. The M Coupe was powered by the 3.2-liter S52 engine from the E36 M3, but later came with the S54 from the E46 M3. The S54 model cars are extremely collectible right now and the S52 cars are not far behind. We wish that BMW still built something like the M Coupe today.
The Volvo P1800 is often referred to as one of the most reliable sports cars of all time. A man in the US has even put over 3 million miles on his P1800. Volvo also built this car as the 1800 ES Shooting Brake, which offered more practicality over the coupe. Back in 2006, Volvo brought back the shooting brake body style with the C30. Unfortunately, the C30 was killed off in 2011. The C30 harkened back to the 1800 with its glass rear hatch. Even though it wasn't the fastest car in its segment, it was certainly unique.