The Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake Concept is Real(ly Pointless)

Good idea and execution for a market that hardly exists.

The internet is just as much a wonderland for car enthusiasts as it is for people – you can find cars for sale, look at memes and watch videos of Nürburgring crashes. It's also a place where artists often drop renderings of cars that don't exist, but wish they did.

One rendering which garnered a fair bit of attention was a rendering of a Toyota GT86 shooting brake (known to us in America as the Scion FR-S).

For those of you that don't know what a shooting brake is, it's basically a two door wagon. They're longer than hatchbacks because they are technically wagons, which is why a 2-door VW Golf isn't a shooting brake. The Ferrari FF is a perfect example of a modern shooting brake (and one of the very few modern ones that reach production).

The new hatch design allows for more trunk space and a raised roofline which gives more rear headroom and a bigger rear window. (Toyota Australia)
The new hatch design allows for more trunk space and a raised roofline which gives more rear headroom and a bigger rear window. (Toyota Australia)

Toyota of Australia decided to take the shooting brake rendering one step further by hand-building a real GT86 shooting brake. Theoretically speaking, making a GT86/FR-S shooting brake would make a lot of sense as the FR-S's trunk and rear headroom were about as real as Leonardo Dicaprio's Oscar prior to this year's award ceremony. There's no word as to how much the rear headroom and cargo capacity have improved, or if the rear legroom has improved.

What this ultimately means is that Toyota has ended up with a GT86/FR-S that you can still sort of live with, a welcomed change as the FR-S is not the most practical car ever built.

Mechanically speaking, the GT86/FR-S shooting brake is still an FR-S underneath so it should still be a hoot to drive, provided the surgery hasn't added too much weight and/or catastrophically thrown off the weight distribution. Unfortunately, we'll never be able to find out as Toyota has confirmed that, while they haven't ruled out putting it in production, there are no plans to do so as of now, with good reason.

Although the changes the the shooting brake are welcomed, it raises the ultimate question: Will it sell? (Toyota Australia)
Although the changes the the shooting brake are welcomed, it raises the ultimate question: Will it sell? (Toyota Australia)

See, people always say, "If there was a [insert body style/engine/transmission/drivetrain option] in [insert vehicle here] I'd totally buy it!", and when said manufacturer releases that car, only a microscopic fraction of those who said they'd buy it actually do; we Americans don't even buy wagons in the first place. For this reason, this car is pointless, and Toyota knows that themselves.

Reach Staff Reporter Joe Seto here. Follow him on Twitter here.

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