I loved the “clown shoe” Sweet Dream in your September 2021 mag but think you started with the wrong donor car. While a manual, rear drive BMW Z4 M Coupe would be amazing, it would also be prohibitively expensive and too powerful to properly enjoy in the land of low speed limits and excessive speed cameras.
A shooting-brake version of the upcoming BRZ/86 on the other hand would be a third the price, have accessible and fun performance, and would make it much more practical for the cost of a few kilos. Subaru/ Toyota might even consider adding enough length to the wheelbase of this version to make the rear seats usable. A modern Lancia HPE or even a mini Ferrari FF?
The initial sales success of the original BRZ/86 dropped off after a few years to the point enthusiasts were worried there wouldn’t be a version 2.0. Maybe the practicality of a shooting-brake BRZ/86 would find the incremental buyers to sustain the BRZ/86 on an on-going basis. Would love to see it.
PS - If you are looking for more Sweet Dream ideas, a VW California with VW Amarok sized wheels and 4WD system for ability to camp in comfort anywhere in Australia would be very sweet.
Wayne Black , via Email
I think Toyota already beat you to that punch with a one-off 86 shooting brake design study. – Ed