GT86 Shooting Brake concept is Toyota's real swagger wagon

Much like the Spanish Inquisition, nobody expected this.

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A shooting brake, in modern parlance, relates to a coupe that takes on wagon-like features.

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There are concepts that presage the future of a car's design, and then there are pie-in-the-sky concepts that, while appealing to enthusiasts, have as much chance at a real existence as (spoiler alert) Santa Claus. Toyota's GT86 Shooting Brake concept falls in the latter category.

With a silhouette borrowed from the Ferrari Breadvan (kind of, I think), this concept is pretty damn radical, in both the '90s-slang and literal senses of the term. The car started life as a 1:4-scale clay model before growing to this full-size, functional shooting brake. But just because it runs doesn't mean Toyota intends to produce and sell the car.

"While we never say never, and I would love this concept to become a production reality, it is very much a concept that demonstrates the passion within Toyota for cars that are fun to drive," said Tetsuya Tada, Toyota's chief engineer for the GT86, in a statement.

Sadly, there are no interior pictures, but I'm intrigued as to whether or not this larger rear actually corresponds to any additional rear-seat space. As it currently stands, the backseats in the GT86 (née Scion FR-S in the US) are best suited to groceries and small dogs -- anything without human legs, basically. There's no space back there.

While I would be one of the five people insane enough to actually consider buying something like this, there's no business case to be made here, so the shooting brake concept will likely remain sealed away in the annals of what could have been.

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