Turin design students create Mercedes SL Shooting Brake, replacing the folding hard top with a coupé roofline — Studiotorino approves
18 June 2013

Automotive design students in Turin have designed an arresting shooting brake variant of the latest Mercedes-Benz SL, replacing the car’s folding aluminium hardtop with a tapering coupé roofline.

The project, overseen by Steffan Koehl, head of Mercedes' Global Advanced Design, follows the recent trend for shooting brakes evidenced by the Ferrari FF, Mercedes CLS and a number of eccentric motor-show concepts.

Named ‘CoupéTorino 2013’, the design study was backed by Studiotorino, who have in the past created limited-edition versions of the Porsche Boxster and Cayman S, as well as a touring variant of the Maserati Quattroporte, predictably called the ‘Cinqueporte’.

A 1:4 scale model of the CoupéTorino was recently presented to members of Mercedes’ management at the company’s Advanced Design Centre in Como. However, the project has been solely for educational purposes and neither Studiotorino nor Mercedes will take it further.

Studiotorino's most recent production project is the Cayman S-based Moncenisio, which is currently available for €135,000, excluding a donor car.

Richard Lane

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18 June 2013

Surely these design students can do better than just copy the Chrysler Crossfire?

18 June 2013

martin_66 wrote:

Surely these design students can do better than just copy the Chrysler Crossfire?

That's exactly what I was thinking!

18 June 2013

Agreed don't see the point .. They could have been given a much better project ! Such as ideas for replacement for the g-wagen, a motor bike ... Something interesting !

on another note talking about the similarities to a cross fire, wasn't that car based on the 1 st gen SLK platform !

 

18 June 2013

Bobstardeluxe wrote:

on another note talking about the similarities to a cross fire, wasn't that car based on the 1 st gen SLK platform !

 

I had a Mk 1 SLK for 7 years, and can confirm that it wasn't just the platform it was based on.  I sat in a Crossfire once and, but for the fact that everything was painted silver, I may as well have been in the SLK.  It was identical inside as well as underneath.

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