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Audis New Practical Sportscar

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It's a pleasantly futuristic interpretation of Audi's current elegant/functional interior design, and man, would it look nice in the next-generation TT (which some say will be a

Everyone loves sportscar handling, but if golf clubs or tube amps don't fit in the back, “fun to drive” may not be enough. The solution seems a fairly self-evident idea—a sort of hybrid between a wagon and a sportscar—and Audi has created exactly that with the Shooting Brake Concept. The car is named for the upscale two-door wagons occasionally seen roaming European country-sides, usually with the custom-built coachwork on a Jaguar or Aston Martin chassis. It‘s a pretty typical Audi dream car, with an evolution of Audi's signature styling, real-world applicable innovations to the interior, their lovely 3.2 and quattro all-wheel drive.

The familiar Audi deep-dish grille is there, but the vertical bars are chromed for a toothy, modern-Buick look that's not as tacky as it sounds. The body is stocky and athletic, with a cargo-friendly hatch at the back. Big wheels and a low roof give the Shooting Brake Concept a purposeful, fresh look. Inside, the car is decorated in decisive gray and silver, with red and blue gauges the only spots of color.

It's a pleasantly futuristic interpretation of Audi's current elegant/functional interior design, and man, would it look nice in the next-generation TT (which some say will be a Shooting Brake). Though possibly the coolest of the bunch, the Shooting Brake Concept is not the only practical-but-fun car in the works. It seems the idea of a hatchback sportscar is the next big thing.

With the Porsche Cayman already on the streets with a hatchback, BMW jumped into the ring at Frankfurt with the Z4 Coupe, which, though not quite as funky or practical as its predecessor, also sports a hatch. Rumors also abound that Lotus is preparing an Elisebased Cayman-fighting GT coupe and Mercedes has an SLK shooting brake in the works. Performance and practicality are perfectly feasible partners and hopefully these sportscars will be followed by a group of larger practical supercars like the M5 touring and RS6 Avant.



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