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.