Shooting Brake.

The term is English for station wagon.

It originated in the 1890s as a horse-drawn wagon used to transport shooting parties with equipment and game.

In Britain it has been used interchangeably with ‘estate car’ from the 1930s but has not been in general use for many years, more or less superseded by estate.

During the 1960s and early 1970s, however, several high end European car makers produced two-door shooting brake versions of their sports cars, including the 1960 Sunbeam Alpine Shooting Brake and 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake.

It’s about to add another name to the tally too in the form of the Genesis G70 Shooting Brake which has just made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

Think of it as a Kia Stinger station wagon, because the G70 is essentially the Genesis version of Stinger, apart from the styling and some other minor changes.

Australia can expect to see the car here by the end of September.

To celebrate the global debut, Genesis commissioned a one-shot, first-person point of view through Goodwood House and up the famous hill climb as it chased the car.

Shot in 4K high definition, using a 5.0-inch drone piloted by Miles Mulvagh and Harry Clifton, the drone reached speeds of up to 100km/h while it tailed the G70 Shooting Brake driven by former British F2 rally champion and precision driver, Gethin Jones, up the 1890m track.

Highlighting the luxury of Goodwood House, the film begins with an aerial shot of its opulent surroundings before the camera descends and enters the grand Egyptian Dining Room through a sash window.

The camera passes the Duke of Richmond enjoying traditional Ginseng tea as he catches up on the latest news from South Korea, the home of Genesis.

The car and drone then weave in and out of the trees along the iconic hill climb showcasing the dynamic styling and versatility of the G70 Shooting Brake, before coming to a stop at the top with the drone demonstrates the practicality of the wagon by landing gracefully in the boot.

Long live the station wagon. Sorry, shooting brake!

 

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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Peter Evans
Peter Evans
14 days ago

The Genesis G70 is absolutely not a Kia Stinger by another name. There are more than “minor differences”. For a start, the platform is different/modified with a shorter wheelbase and unique interior and exterior. No shared exterior panels. They do share the driveline as practised by most manufacturers.

James Hamilton
James Hamilton
4 days ago

I love my Stinger, and it looks like I’ve found a worthy replacement at upgrade time in a few years.