A few days after posting a teaser about a Geneva-bound model that Bertone was working on, we finally get to see the car beneath the shadows.
Turns out, it’s an Aston Martin. More specifically, an Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake called the Jet 2+2.
The Italian design and coachbuilder is apparently building this one-off concept, showcasing the mighty Aston Martin Rapide and turning it into a shooting brake.
Granted, the Rapide is Aston Martin’s first four-door sedan in their lineup and as such, an expansion to shooting brake territory could’ve been in order down the road.
But seeing as Aston Martin and Bertone have a history of working together in the past, including the creation of the Jet 2 concept back in 2004, it only seemed appropriate that the Italian coachbuilder would be tasked by Aston to create a strict one-off model.
Aston Martin and Bertone have yet to reveal official details surrounding the Rapide Shooting Brake Jet 2+2, but Autocar managed to find out some info about the one-off concept.
Find out what the initial word is surrounding the Rapide Shooting Brake Jet 2+2 after the jump
The most obvious and striking detail about the Jet 2+2 is that it’s been designed with a shooting-brake style body that actually looks like it could move the consumer needle significantly in the "buy" section.
The Rapide’s striking front profile is clearly evident and when combined with the stretched and muscular lines of a shooting brake, clearly exudes a sleek and elegant concept that looks pretty astounding.
According to Autocar, Bertone intentionally bent the C-pillars forward and connected them to the wheel arches to create a visual perception idle aggression that certainly hit all the right spots.
Looking at the rear end, you’ll notice that Bertone made some significant modifications, highlighted by a full-length LED strip connecting the Rapide-style taillights, creating a pronounced look that complements the supercar’s change from a sedan to a shooting brake.
One look at the interior of the Rapide Shooting Brake Jet 2+2 and you might see more similarities between this cabin and the one on the Rapide. Look more closely though and you can tell that the Jet 2+2’s interior is a lot more polished than the standard Rapide.
Credit goes to the materials Bertone opted to use on the car to give it a more refined look, or in this particular instance, the look of a fine-tailored suit. Two-tone leather trims were used to upholster the interior, which isn’t that surprising. Neither are the aluminum trim pieces spread throughout the cabin. But what really caught our eyes is the special wood trim on the center stack running all the way down to the center compartment, creating a more luxurious and polished interior befitting of its one-off concept status.
Another unique modification Berton did on the Rapide Shooting Brake Jet 2+2 is to increase the headroom for the rear passengers, something the coachbuilder accomplished when they redesigned the body of the supercar to fit into the qualifications of a shooting brake. A more comfortable look comes as a result, which can be made even more spacious thanks to the two rear seats that can be folded to accommodate its new body style.
The Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake Jet 2+2 Concept will be powered by the same engine as that of the Rapide sedan. So expect to see the car’s 6.0-liter V-12 that produces 470 horsepower fitted under the hood of this one-off creation.
As was previously announced, the Rapide Shooting Brake Jet 2+2 is a one-off concept that Aston Martin commissioned Bertone to do for the Geneva Motor Show. All indications seem to suggest that there’s no future for this model other than being a showcase piece of Aston Martin heritage and Bertone design ingenuity.
Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake
Supposing that it did hit production - don’t count on it, though - the Rapide Shooting Brake Jet 2+2 Concept would’ve met a nice competitor in the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake. Unfortunately for the German Merc, the Rapide looks a lot better in Shooting Brake form, not to mention comes with a more powerful V-12 engine that nets 470 horsepower, compared to the 408-horsepower V-8 engine of the CLS Shooting Brake. Mercedes can make a case that it’s more fuel efficient, which they may have a point on considering the bigger displacement the Rapide carries.
But ultimately, if the Rapide Shooting Brake Jet 2+2 Concept did find its way into production, we’re pretty confident that it’s going to have a lot of admirers who wouldn’t mind the thirstier option for the sake of looks and power.
We can’t find anything wrong with the Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake Jet 2+2 Concept other than the fact that it’s a one-off concept that in all likelihood will remain as such. Once again, major kudos to Bertone for another fantastic build. We certainly hope that Aston Martin sees the potential out of this concept and changes its mind about a potential production future.
C’mon, Aston Martin!
Surprisingly amazing look
No plans for production!!!