Bertone Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 Concept revealed ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on February 25, 2013

At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Italian design and coachbuilding firm Bertone will bring a one-off shooting brake concept version of the Aston Martin Rapide. As you may know already, Aston Martin recently released the Rapide S, but for those who want more, the Bertone Concept is the car for them, although only one will be built.

Aston Martin Rapide Concept is known as the Bertone Jet 2+2 and was created for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in order to celebrate celebrate both Aston’s centenary and 60 years of collaborations between the British sports car manufacturer and Bertone.

Jet 2+2 Concept was already commissioned by an Aston Martin collector and it is powered by the 5.9-liter V12 engine from the current Rapide delivering 470 hp. Still, we don’t get it why the more potent version of the V12 engine (550 hp) found on the Rapide S is not found on the Jet 2+2 Concept.

Anyway, as you can see from the photos, the biggest change found on the Jet 2+2 Concept is the by an Aston Martin collector. What we do like about the rear end is that the concept car comes with a full-length LED light strip inspired by the Aston Martin One-77. Inside, the vehicle offers four individual seats and the headroom is increased for rear passengers due to the switch in bodystyle. The good news is that the two rear seats fold flat and can be covered by a sliding cover to offer more luggage space.

The starting point of the Aston Martin Rapide Concept’s style was the celebration of Aston Martin brand’s identity through design & coachbuilding firm Bertone’s interpretation. The Rapide’s body, which was originated by muscular and stretched lines, explores the original model’s expressive potential with smart dynamism.

The car's back pillar, which is bent forward and welded to the back wheel arch's powerful muscle, evokes the idea of movement, transmitting an optical perception of speed. The tail volume is high and enveloping, and is characterized by a couple of horizontal optical groups as well as a wide hatchback.

Meanwhile, the car's cockpit has a 2+2 configuration and comes with four single chairs. It boasts a flexibility that is typical of a shooting-brake and is expressed through customized furniture solutions, such as two foldable back seats.

Moreover, a double sliding bottom, which is electrically controlled, covers the two seatbacks. When these seatbacks are folded up, they make a plain load van with impressive capacity. The car's wood upholsteries are refined with glazed aluminium and sport a two-toned leather trimming of your choice.

Bertone and Aston Martin's partnership has been going strong for 60 years. Specifically, it started in 1953, the year two one-off vehicles were manufactured based on Aston Martin's mechanical engineering DB2/4.

These two vehicles born in 1953 are the 2+2 smart cabriolet and the small boat-type competition. Through the years, the DB2/4 small boat boasts certain stylistic features that would've become "classical" Bertone elements: showy air intake on engine bonnet, low and thin windscreen, horizontal calender, and back mudguards that stretch to give back volume impetus.

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Bertone Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 Concept

A dream sports car to celebrate a double historical anniversary. At the International Car Show of Geneva, Bertone celebrates the Aston Martin centenary and Sixty years of cooperation between the Italian Company and the prestigious English Brand presenting an interpretation of the Aston Martin Rapide. It is a luxurious and refined shooting-brake realized as a one-off vehicle, keeping unchanged the mechanical engineering of the original model (6 litres V 12 cylinders engine 476 HP), combining a stretched and muscular car body and a functional use of the hatchback. The Rapide Bertone was commissioned by an Aston Martin collector who took part in person in the whole development of the project, from the first phases of the style research to the manufacture of the car in the workshop, choosing the bodywork paint as well as the leather trimming and the cockpit upholstery.

Close to the Rapide Bertone a new exemplar of the Aston Martin Jet 2 is proposed, once again a shooting-brake realized in 2004 based on the Vanquish. In this case the exposed model in Geneva was especially set up for the president of the Company, Mrs Lilli Bertone, with trimmings personalized by Foglizzo Leather (a prestigious Italian Brand founded in 1921) and special paint. Both the cars were manufactured by "Bertone Officina" (Bertone Workshop), the new company department organized as a high fashion atelier, completely designed for the production of custom-built models coherently integrating in the historical tradition of Bertone.

That means a "tailor made" service for special customers, but also an example of how Bertone could help the manufacturers to vary their own range making "custom-built" cars, exactly as they made in the Fifties and Sixties, with all the standards of quality and safety of a modern car manufacturer. Refined elegance and functionality The starting point of style definition was the celebration of the identity of Aston Martin brand through Bertone's interpretation. The car body, originated by stretched and muscular lines, suggesting its propensity to jerk, explores with smart dynamism the expressive potential of the original model. The idea of the movement is evoked by the back pillar bent forward, welded to the powerful muscle of the back wheel arch, in order to transmit the optical perception of speed, typical of a stretching musculature.

The high and enveloping tail volume is characterized by two horizontal optical groups and the wide hatchback. The cockpit presents a 2+2 configuration, with four single chairs. The use flexibility typical of the shooting-brake is also expressed through personalized furniture solutions, like two foldable back seats. An electrical controlled double sliding bottom covers the two seatbacks, when they are folded up, making available a completely plain load van with exceptional capacity. The wood upholsteries, refined with glazed aluminium, with precious two-coloured leather trimming, were chosen by the customer, who found in Bertone the historical atmosphere of great Italian car body designers, with the exclusive pleasure to get a custom-tailored car just like a good dressmaking clothe.

Aston Martin of Bertone: 60 years of history

The cooperation between Bertone and Aston Martin is Sixty years old. Indeed it is 1953 the year of birth of two one-off vehicles manufactured on the base of Aston Martin mechanical engineering DB2/4: a small boat type competition and a 2+2 smart cabriolet. With the years passing by, the DB2/4 small boat highlights some stylistic features that would have become "classical" of Bertone: low and thin windscreen, showy air intake on the engine bonnet, horizontal calender, back mudguards very enveloping and stretched to give impetus to the back volume. BD2/4 Cabriolet shows a formal work very sober. The facade is completely structured around the big chrome-plated Aston Martin calander, that includes two additional headlights. Like on the Small Boat, the engine bonnet is moved by a long air intake.

The side sight offers a smooth and measured side, defined by a long front bonnet and by a picked-up and muscular tail, tapered off downward. In 1955 once again is the DB2/4 mechanical engineering that inspires Bertone for a "pure" two-seat roadster of great formal elegance. The treatment of the volumes has become softer and more fluid. The air intake on the engine bonnet has disappeared in favour of a higher and showier calender. The back volume is characterised by the "fins" overcoming the mudguards. In a bodywork so much classic, in a surprizing way is inserted a panoramic "American shape" windscreen, as a gift by the fashion of that time. In 1961 was born a 2+2 coupé still living today that is considered one between the most successful creations of Bertone: DB4 GT (realized in only one model, this car won the Villa d'Este Elegance Competition in 2001) presented with the name of Jet at the Geneva Show in 1961.

With Aston Martin Jet the theme of gran turismo is developed according to stylist canons that at that time excite astonishment and admiration. The car shows a sinuous and fluid side, connected to the tail volume by a stretch "muscle" on the back wheel arch. The thin roof, leant with delicacy to the back pillar, defines a picked-up and bright cockpit like the airplane cockpit. For lots of years, Aston Martin Bertone Jet has been the icon of the Italian sport coupé. In 2004, at the International Car Show of Geneva, Aston Martin Jet 2 is presented.

Realized as one-off based on the Vanquish mechanical engineering, Jet 2 regains the engine, the loading platform planning (the step lengthened of 210 mm allowed getting two back seats not foreseen by the original model) and all the elements of body "under leather" not to change the elements submitted to validation. With Aston Martin Jet 2, Bertone propose again in modern terms, a product linked to historical tradition of Italian car body designers that, above all in the Fifties and Sixties, dressed with "haute couture" the most fascinating sports cars.

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