If you’ve ever wanted to know what an Aston Martin estate would look like, wonder no more. Italian coachbuilder and car styling company Bertone has created a one-off Aston Martin Rapide shooting brake known as the Jet 2+2.
The Bertone Jet 2+2 was commissioned by an Aston Martin collector. As per this individual’s request, the usually sleek 4-door Aston Martin Rapide has been stretched out into a shooting brake, resulting in a longer, roomier, more family-friendly sports wagon that’s sure to divide opinion wherever it goes ─ in this case, the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
Bertone has reportedly bent the C-pillars forward and connected them with the taller wheel arches to give the impression of movement even when the car is stood still. At the back, an LED strip extends the rear lights across the tailgate. Inside, the car has increased head and legroom as well as a unique exterior paint job and a new interior comprised of special wood, aluminium and two-tone lather.
Like the standard Rapide, the Bertone Jet 2+2’s rear seats fold flat, and the space can be accessed easily thanks to a wide loading area.
Content with just fettling with the aesthetics, Bertone has steered clear of the mechanics. The Jet 2+2 makes do with the 470bhp 5.9-litre V12 found in the outgoing Rapide rather than the more powerful 550bhp V12 found in the new Rapide S.
This isn’t the first collaboration between Bertone and Aston Martin. The pair first joined forces to develop the DB4/2 and DB4/2 cabriolet back in 1953.
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