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Ferrari 296 GTB Shooting Brake Rendering Resembles a Stingray

Last week, a European automaker launched its first road-going V6 model in a long time. Doesn't sound exciting, right? Except we're talking about Ferrari's brand new 296 GTB, a hybrid monster with over 800 horsepower.
Ferrari 296 GTB Shooting Brake Rendering Resembles a Stingray 9 photos
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Everybody seems to have an opinion on the 296 GTB, so we decided to calm that down slightly by seeing how its styling could be applied in another segment. Specifically, artist Oscar Vargas has turned it into a shooting brake, and it's definitely an attention-grabbing piece.

It's not one of those botched renders where somebody simply drops in elements from some random wagon they like, an RS6 or an AMG. No, wb.artist20 took the time to stretch out the body, give it a long nose and some unique rear shoulders, all while thinking of realistic lighting and textures.

This kind of looks like a modern successor to the Ferrari FF, which would imply it's got a V12 engine at the front. We think the artist wanted this, as he deleted the air intakes behind the doors and added characterful gills over the long front fenders. But let's not worry too much about layouts and such for a moment and ask the important question: is this beautiful?

The answer depends on a few factors. If you enjoy the minimalist new look of the Ferrari Roma, chances are this is your cup of tea. But if you believe the best-looking Ferraris are older, the 296 GTB Shooting Brake could be an eyesore.

The front end is about the same but larger. Very small, simple headlights sit above those air vents, while the lower intake forms a very organic shape, reminiscent of a small shark or stingray (the animal, not the Corvette). Meanwhile, the profile is almost totally smooth; no buttresses or winglets here.

We're reminded of the 365 GRB/4 Daytona's beautiful simplicity. Actually, there was an awesome shooting brake version of that back in the day. Architect Bob Gittleman commissioned one based on the 1972 model, and it had huge glass panels that could pop out independently. And more recently, we got a tribute Ferrari Breadvan with the 550 serving as the donor. Do you guys miss Ferrari shooting brakes like the GTC4 Lusso? Let us know in the comments.



 
 
 
 
 

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