Bertone designs Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Bertone is a design house well known for creating the unimaginable as well as road-going models for some of the worlds most prestigious car companies. For instance, nine years ago it hit the auto show circuit with its one-off Bertone Jet 2, a shooting brake (three-door wagon) built upon the glorious Aston Martin Vanquish. This time around it's breaking the shooting brake rules by delivering a five-door variant based on the beautiful Rapide four-door coupe, and this one looks good enough for production.

The appropriately named Bertone Jet 2+2 will make its first live appearance at the Geneva motor show next week, and when it does prepare for the oohs and ahs of the crowd as it's one seriously attractive family hauler. Of course, the Rapide makes for the basis of a better sport wagon than the Vanquish or any other two-seat Aston ever could, and while not adhering to shooting brake tradition the Bertone Jet 2+2 could potentially attract the eye of the Newport Pagnell, UK-based supercar firm that may just want to put it into production.

After all, Aston Martin rival Porsche showed up to the Frankfurt auto show last fall with a shooting brake of its own dubbed Panamera Sport Turismo, a concept car that was lauded by the automotive press and Porschephiles alike. The German automaker hasn't said whether it's under serious consideration, but the likelihood of something similar hitting the road sometime in the future is high. As for Aston, they're not funded to anywhere near the same level as Porsche, so such an undertaking would need to be a close to proven sales hit before it could consider production.

The Bertone Jet 2+2 utilizes nothing less than Aston's 470-horsepower V12, while touting a bespoke two-tone leather lined cabin that features the added benefit of greater rear headroom and much more luggage space, of course. Bertone has even included fold-down rear seats to more effectively optimize utility.

The look is entirely Aston Martin Rapide ahead of the C-pillar, while the roofline stays high where it normally tapers downward from fore to aft, now falling off the car's hind quarters at a more abrupt angle yet still nowhere near as vertical as some wagons. A new design detail shows a strip of LEDs connecting the taillights across the tailgate.

The Bertone Jet 2+2 wasn't merely created with hopes Aston would build it, but rather it comes as the result of a commission paid by an unnamed client. That it will be available to celebrate the British brand's 100th birthday as well as 60 years since Bertone and Aston Martin began their strategically beneficial relationship is just a bonus.  

The new Bertone Jet 2+2 will debut alongside the new Rapide S on Aston Martin's show stand next week.
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Topics: Wagon, Aston Martin, Bertone, 2013, Jet 2+2,

Organizations: Aston Martin

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