Italian design and coachbuilding firm Bertone has introduced a shooting brake concept version of the Aston Martin Rapide.
The concept known as Bertone Jet 2+2 for the Geneva motor to celebrate both Aston’s centenary and 60 years of collaborations between Aston Martin and Bertone.
The Jet 2+2 succeeds the 2004 Jet 2 concept car, which was a shooting brake version of the Vanquish. It has been commissioned as a strict one-off by an Aston Martin collector and has the Gaydon firm’s approval.
Jet 2+2 features the same mechanical and dimensional details as the Rapide. Power comes from a 470bhp version of Aston’s 5.9-litre V12 of the current Rapide, rather than the more potent 550bhp version from the upcoming Rapide S. That model also makes its debut in Geneva.
The biggest change from Rapide to Jet 2+2 is its altered shooting brake-style body. Stretched, muscular lines help accentuate the car’s sleek, elegant shape.
Bertone says the C-pillars are bent forwards and connected to the tall, muscular wheel arches to create a perception of motion even when the car is static. A sharply raked tailgate and pronounced rear end with a full-length LED light strip running through it are the Shooting Brake Highlights.
Inside the 2+2 cabin are four individual seats. Headroom is increased for rear passengers over the Rapide saloon thanks to the switch in bodystyle. The two rear seats fold flat and can be covered by a sliding cover to create a sizable luggage space, access to which is aided by a wide loading area when the tailgate is lifted.
Special wood, aluminium and two-tone leather trims have also been fitted to give the car the feel of that of a fine-tailored suit.
Source Auto Car