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McLaren MP4-12C shooting brake on the horizon – report

April 19, 2012

McLaren is apparently developing a shooting brake version of its latest supercar. Yes, a McLaren MP4-12C shooting brake, designed to take on the Ferrari FF.

It all sounds a bit far-fetched; essentially, a McLaren wagon. But when you think about it, the Ferrari FF does sit in the market on its own, soaking up all the sales. It could be a smart move for a company like McLaren to bring out something to steal sales.

The news comes from an Auto Express report in the UK, which says the shooting brake will be based on the MP4-12C, using the same 441kW twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 engine.

According to the report the McLaren MP4-12C shooting brake won’t be a four seater though, like the Ferrari FF. Instead it’s expected to retain the mid-engine layout of the MP4 while offering cargo room in the back.

Performance is looking to be on par with the mighty MP4-12C as well, which is capable of 0-100km/h in just over 3.0 seconds, with a top speed of over 322km/h.

It’s unknown at this stage if the model will be a special edition or if it will join the showroom lineup as normal. We’ll await official confirmation for more details.

What do you think though? Good idea?

(Rendered image by Auto Express)

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.