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The aging 612 Scaglietti supercar needs a replacement and Ferrari is working on that – spy shots have been uploaded on the Internet in the last few months. In addition to Scaglietti’s successor, the Italian carmaker is also planning to exhibit something “very different” at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show which will be organized this March. Sources say that Ferrari will be unveiling a limited edition Shooting Brake of the 612 Scaglietti.

Ferrari Scaglietti successor

A couple of lucky individuals will be able to see a new Ferrari, possibly the Shooting Brake or its successor, on Friday, January 21st at 12:00 CET, or 6:00 AM Eastern time at an online-only viewing affair.

Ferrari Scaglietti successor

As we mentioned, we have seen many spy photos of the 612 replacement and although the final design has been camouflaged, we can say that the car looks sexy. The front end of the car was inspired by another beautiful Ferrari, the 458 Italia. According to some sources, the new car will have a powerful V12 6.3-liter that will output about 670 hp.

Ferrari Scaglietti successor

Hopefully, we will be able to obtain more information after that private event with the help of some leaks, fingers crossed. Most likely, this Ferrari will be one of the main highlights at Geneva this year.

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Luxury carmakers are all about niches and filling them if the demand is high enough. The newest fad has been started by the Porsche Panamera, and is already followed by the likes of Aston Martin, with the Rapide.

But Bentley isn’t too far behind either, as a source has confirmed to Autocar that other body styles, besides the sedan, coupe and convertible, are being planned for the next generation Continental model.

According to the source, a five-door fastback, in the vein of the Panamera, has the biggest chances to achieve production status, seeing as how more and more people want an extra dose of practicality with their luxury.

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Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about the ‘newest’ automotive fad: shooting brake or break designs.

From elaborate concepts, like the Mercedes-Benz Concept Fascination or the recent Shooting Break, to real-life applications like the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, this new hatchback coupe combination is taking the auto world by storm.

But before designers around the world hailed it as the second coming, the term had a more antiquated definition and was used for simpler activities.

Curious to learn just what the shooting brake or break terms mean? Then hit the jump and find out.

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Mercedes-Benz is often credited with starting the new fad of four-door coupe models in the auto industry when it launched the CLS in 2004. Now, the company is aiming to once again flex its design muscles, and presented the new Shooting Break concept, before its debut at the Beijing Motor Show later this week.

While most of the industry has gotten used to the Shooting Brake nomenclature, MB decided to use the more literal Break name, reminiscing of the actual origin, which was given to coaches used to break wild horses.

But enough with the name lesson. All you need to know is that this model, alongside the F800 Style we saw in Detroit are going to represent the next generation CLS variants, both in four-door coupe and shooting break style.

As you can see, it borrows from the F800, but still presents elements from the slightly older Concept Fascination. Also, it will definitely attract those who want a bit of an utilitarian side to their luxury models and don’t really like the BMW 5 Series GT.

As an added bonus, the Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break concept also showcases the future MB powertrains that will be sported by the CLS and other MB models. From the 306 HP 3.5-liter V6 unit to other engines like a turbocharged 435 HP 4.6-liter V8, and to top it all off, the AMG-prepped turbocharged, direct injection 5.5-liter V8 capable of 563 HP and 664 lb-ft of torque.

Overall, the new Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break concept is going to make a lot of fans extremely happy and excited for the next generation CLS. Check it out in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break Concept


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New rumors are circulating about the next generation Mercedes-Benz CLS, as the guys at Autocar are speculating that a shooting brake variant of the F800 Style concept that was revealed in Detroit will be making an appearance at the Beijing Motor Show.

For those of you with a sharp memory, you might remember the Fascination concept the German carmaker revealed a few years ago, which previewed the current generation E Class lineup. Also, a rumor already started about a shooting brake next generation CLS at the end of 2009, which dated the concept for a Paris Motor Show debut this fall.

In the end, Mercedes-Benz will be extremely careful with the replacement of the CLS, seeing the popularity of the current model and the array of copy-cat four-door coupes it has spawned from other carmakers. You can be sure that the F800 Style will preview the next generation, but this new shooting brake concept might be onto the next big thing, as these works are always appreciated by the public (see Fascination).

What do you think? Would such a CLS shooting brake concept attract you more than the F800 Style? Reveal your thoughts in the comment section below.


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