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McLaren's shooting-brake takes shape...

McLaren is working on a top-secret shooting brake estate, Auto Express has learned and produced these exclusive images to show how it could look.

The new model will be based on the MP4-12C and will be similar in concept to the Ferrari FF – although it won’t have the Ferrari’s £230,000 price tag. Instead, McLaren will position the car as a more practical alternative to range-topping Porsche 911s, with a price of around £150,000.

The two-seater will have more boot space than the MP4-12C, but will still offer the same incredible performance. That’s thanks to its lightweight carbon-fibre construction and 592bhp 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 – which will deliver 0-60mph in around three seconds and a top speed of 205mph.

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Mclaren can produce a cf tub in 4 hours - the most advanced automotive group around.

That engine will be used repeatedly for many years - lowering costs substantially.

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IMO, that thing is "almost" as ugly as the FF.

They were doing OK with it from the front bumper right up to the rear edge of the doors, then it looks like one of those photo morphing programs took over.....

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They were doing OK with it from the front bumper right up to the rear edge of the doors, then it looks like one of those photo morphing programs took over.....
Not unlike the FF so...

Looks like they could squeeze a couple back seats in there...

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IMO: why two seats? waste espeially for those looks, and although it will turn heads as the odd ball speciality new bling car, it will fall to the rubbish bin fairly quickly.

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I quite like the design better than Ferrari, Porsche.

And at such a lower price tag with astounding performance makes it very attractive indeed.

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Pointless vehicle, IMHO. Unless you want to pick up milk and arrive with butter at home.

I just don't get these modern cross breeds. A sportscar is a sportscar. A GT is a GT. An SUV is an SUV. The blend between the 3 just doesn't make sense to me. If I want to pick up barrels of paint and don't have a suitable car, I'll buy a $5k VW bus instead of selling the 458 and buying an FF. What do people do with these cars? Is the time for carbon fibre cup holders and 4-point baby seat harnasses nigh? Am I just getting old?


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I'm with you Onno, and I think it's just age. I haven't liked many of the cars designed and built in the 21st century, unless they've been purposely designed to look like earlier cars.

IMO, cars are supposed to have curves, not angles, and all these swoopy looking vents and bumpers with geometric designs just leave me cold.

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It's crossover time my friends - you may not like it but it's not going anywhere for a long long time.

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I'm with you Onno, and I think it's just age. I haven't liked many of the cars designed and built in the 21st century, unless they've been purposely designed to look like earlier cars.

IMO, cars are supposed to have curves, not angles, and all these swoopy looking vents and bumpers with geometric designs just leave me cold.


I don't mind angles, angles can look good I just reject the entire concept but then the market will speak and we'll see.

Regardless of their sales or popularity in the short term I suspect no one will be ooohhing and aaahhhing when one of these travesties crosses an auction reviewing stand of the future.


What these really are is for those who are not into cars to impress their friends.

Does this car bring back any memories? Really the same concept recycled.
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Brian point well made.
The Espada really does appear pointless now..........pretty much like the shooting "brokens"
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