It’s official: the world now has two Model S shooting brakes. Following on from a car built by Norfolk-based coachbuilders Qwest, we have this effort.
First teased late last year, it’s been designed by Dutch designer Niels van Roij and his team, made a reality by Dutch coachbuilder called RemetzCar. The car was fully revealed recently and made its debut at the Dutch Embassy in London today. We like what we see, even if we want to be picky and point out that - like the Qwest car - isn’t a ‘true’ shooting brake.
van Roij told Autocar that the car was built for a particular client, who did not stipulate that the ‘Model SB’ had to be a one-off. Other examples will be built, but not many - there’ll never be more than 20. Although if you’re interested, RemetzCar does also make a Model S hearse….
There are a few flashy details like the liberal and rather intricate use of chrome around the c-pillar and on the roof, but that’s the whole point, according to van Roij. “A coachbuilt car should be more outspoken than a mass-produced one – otherwise you should be saving all the time and effort and buying one off a production line,” he said. Just the sketching for the project took up 500-600 hours.
At the event in London, it was revealed that the conversions will start at £80,000 and up. Each one is tailored to the client, so the price can vary wildly. The process takes five months, and the finished product has better structural rigidity than the standard car plus better aero efficiency, while only gaining a few kilogrammes in weight.
The first car to be made is based a Model S 85, but you can have any version you want turned into one of these wagons. We’re sure that at least one of the 20 will be a P100D!
Which of the two do you think looks best?