The CLS Shooting Brake is long gone from Mercedes-Benz’s lineup, so currently there’s no luxury shooting brake in the market. But what if its arch-rival from Munich picked up the mantle with such a version of the brand-new 8-Series?
Yes, we do know that the chances of it coming to life are exactly zero, but still, as you can see, it would make for a mouth-watering proposition.
Rendered by XTomi the sleek-looking executive estate is based on the recently unveiled 8-Series Gran Coupe, to which it adds a redesigned rear end and longer roof. The rest of the signature features of the car have been preserved, including the styling of the rear bumper and taillights.
Hypothetically speaking, the top 8-Series Touring would get the 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 from the M850i models and put its 530 PS (523 hp / 390 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque to (very) good use. Unless, that is, the M Division decided to chip in, giving it the 625 PS (616 hp / 460 kW) M8 Competition treatment.
Would BMW need such a car in its vast portfolio? Nope! Would we want to see it, at least in concept form? Definitely yes! However, with the demise of what would’ve been its main rival, hell will freeze before this happens. Plus, BMW already has the 5-Series Touring to appeal to those in the market for a similarly-sized model, as an alternative to the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Audi A6 Avant, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate and Volvo V90.