Design house creates shooting brake version of Continental GTC
2 March 2010

The Bentley Continental Flying Star by Touring has been unveiled at the Geneva motor show.

Designed by the Touring Superleggera design studios, the car is loosely based on the Continental GTC chassis and is said to "combine the functionality and elegance of the shooting brake body with the driving experience of Bentley."

It features an all-new body from the A-pillar back and has a two-metre load capacity, which can take 1200 litres of the luggage with the rear seats down. It has been built to EU approval.

Design highlights include two completely foldable individual rear seats, which can create a plain loading space over two metres long. The bodywork includes steel rear wings, extended roof paneling, aluminum door skins and an all-alloy, electric powered tailgate. The conversion is available with the standard 6.0-litre W12 engine or the GTC Speed's more powerful variant.

Just 20 cars will be built, with Touring Superleggera saying prices will vary according to buyer's individual demands.

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9 February 2010

Is there really a market for these very very large Sciroccos?

9 February 2010

[quote Chunkster]Is there really a market for these very very large Sciroccos?[/quote]

Of course there is. What do you expect a fat plotocrat to move old wardrobes in? A van? Nutter!

9 February 2010

There are surely not too many niches left for the Volkswagen Group to fill with each of their brands. At least they are getting good mileage from each platform.

Can't wait for the Continental Flying Ute...

9 February 2010

actually IMHO it just looks nice, taking into account that it's just a teaser...

anyway, it's funny to "walk around here" just to read sometimes so silly comments.

If Touring is claiming that only 20 will be built (I doubt it, later will be more, who knows) that means that they already received long time ago requests to build them, the tooling is already made and installed... so what is the point of write down so silly comments as those above, guys?

This is not our world, I do not drive any Bentley, and you guys do not too, I bet, so what`s the point?

Of course you guys, that drive crap cars like yours and mine, do not give a sh#^* for these custom-made cars, but there are a lot of Maserati breaks out there, and you may not know that too.

last but not least, this is just one of the reasons why Geneva Autoshow is great, if not the greatest in Europe... (and the poor guys like me have a chance in life to see and stay near these "on-off" cars)

9 February 2010

[quote coolboy]so what is the point of write down so silly comments as those above, guys?[/quote]

You're absolutely right - there's no need for the silly comments. I don't know why people do it. You don't suppose that it could be something to do with bringing a smile to one another's faces, do you? Just guessing here.

9 February 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna]You don't suppose that it could be something to do with bringing a smile to one another's faces, do you?[/quote]

absolutely! ... same point as Aston Martin spokesman claiming that there was no problems using Ford stalks in their cars, just because Aston drivers do not even know that Ford cars existed...

... not sure on that point, I do not become sick to know that under the beautiful Aston key leather-craftmanship appears the Volvo logo, indeed I do not plan to purchase any Aston...

same as here, just joking with something that we will never own...

9 February 2010

Long overdue. As an avowed estate fan, I believe it is unforgivable for any front-engined saloon or coupé not to have an estate version (Aston, Jaguar, Ferrari, ARE YOU LISTENING? Detroit, why no Mustang/Challenger/Corvette/Camaro wagons? Indeed, why no CTS-V wagon? BMW, Audi, Merc, why no 7er/A8/S-class estates? BMW, why no 6-series Touring? Rolls, why no Phantom/Ghost estates? Bentley, why no Brooklands/Arnage/Flying Spur estates? Why no estate version of the new Mulsanne?). FFS, people, sort it out! The market's there and is, presently, much-deprived of models. I think the most stupid one of all was when BMW refused to do an E39 M5 Touring - they had the bodyshells, they had the suspension and mechanicals, it was just a matter of putting the two together (and, as the E34 and E61 M5s have proved, M5 Tourings DO sell). Likewise, why no M3 Tourings? For every saloon or coupé, the manufacturer should provide an estate version. It's not exactly difficult from an engineering point of view. And, to be honest, I think the Aussies have shown us pretty convincingly that there's a market for fast/prestigious utes. I'd buy an E39 M5 ute, but there's only one in the world, and it's a conversion at that...

9 February 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]BMW, Audi, Merc, why no 7er/A8/S-class estates? BMW, why no 6-series Touring? [/quote]

With the way the 3 big Germans are going into new niches, i would suggest holding your breath and they will all have them ready for production before you start turning blue.

9 February 2010

Actually, an Alfa Brera shooting brake could be quite good. Let's face it, it's no good as a 2+2 coupe or as a sports car, and the lines would probably take a shooting brake style quite well.

And surely Mini must have a stretched limo platform ready to go, for the novelty limousine market that is currently the exclusive domain of Hummer.

9 February 2010

Anyway, can anyone please tell me the difference between an Estate and a Shooting Brake? Or a Tourer?

I know that (in theory) the Shooting Brake is supposed to take your guns & dogs in the back, but that's a difference in application rather that creation.

Is it just that manufacturers feel that they can charge more for a Shooting Brake than an Estate?

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