Bertone Jet 2+2 got Green Lights for Production
There are strong signs that Aston Martin’s exquisite, custom-built shooting brake, the Bertone Jet 2+2 will soon be produced in a limited series. And when the small British auto manufacture says limited series, it is talking about probably a dozen cars or so. Therefore it is highly unlikely that we’ll be able to spot the beautiful lines of the Bertone Jet 2+2 too often in traffic.
The fact that this concept, presented a few months ago at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, will be offered as a production model by Aston Martin means that despite the economic hardships, there is a market for such rare and expensive, coach-built cars. Its name, the Bertone Jet 2+2 might be changed, though: it will be sold as the Rapide Shooting Brake.
There is no surprise here: the Bertone Jet 2+2 is basically a shooting brake version of the Aston Martin Rapide. As far as the body design is concerned, it is obvious that Bertone had free hands and an unlimited budget to create the Bertone Jet 2+2. The design is a remarkable blend of British and Italian design tradition, lacking any compromise.
The Bertone Jet 2+2 is based on the four-door Aston Martin Rapide. The coachbuilder redesigned the rear of the Rapide, lifting the roof into a hatch-like shape. Thus there is a significant increase in cargo space (there is no spectacular increase in rear seat room). There is a LED span joining the two taillights.
Rapide’s already impeccable interior also received an update. The Bertone Jet 2+2 now has unique wood inserts, glazed aluminum and two leather colors in the interior, but the customers of production models will be able to choose whatever interior finish they like.
Under the bonnet, there is Aston Martin Rapide’s stock 6.0-liter V12 that produces 470 horsepower and an estimated 443 pound-feet of torque. This power helps the Bertone Jet 2+2 hit 60 mph in about 5.3 seconds with a top speed of around 188 mph.