Mercedes shoot­ing ahead

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Mercedes-Benz is show­ing this Shoot­ing Break * con­cept at Bei­jing.

The four-seater has an oak wood floor with alu­minium run­ners. Leather “sad­dle bags” hang on the com­part­ment sides. The cabin has a full-length cen­tre con­sole to the rear seats.

“The Shoot­ing Break con­cept car is based on the great tra­di­tion of a stylish, cul­ti­vated sporti­ness which has al­ways char­ac­terised the great Mercedes Coupés, and it takes this unique legacy an ex­cit­ing step fur­ther,” ex­plains Pro­fes­sor Gor­den Wa­gener, chief de­signer at MercedesBenz.

“At the same time, it points the way to­wards the fu­ture de­sign id­iom of Mercedes-Benz.”

The en­gine is the pro­to­type of a new V fam­ily of petrol en­gines with di­rect in­jec­tion and stop-start. The 3.5-litre V6 ver­sion delivers 302bhp and 273 lb ft.

* Et­y­mol­ogy from Mercedes: “Break, or the homonym, brake, was the name once given to car­riages used to “break” in wild horses and also to re­strict (or “brake”) their urge to move, so that they could be put to use as work horses.

Where nec­es­sary, “Brakes” were of­ten fit­ted out with vari­able bod­ies, which were only re­ally used to carry along any­thing that may have been nec­es­sary for the hunt, for ex­am­ple. Any such ve­hi­cle which was used when go­ing out shoot­ing was called a Shoot­ing Brake or Shoot­ing Break.

In the 1960s and 1970s, mo­torised Shoot­ing Breaks were pop­u­lar in Great Bri­tain – ex­clu­sive cross-over ve­hi­cles.

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