Mercedes shooting ahead
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.