Italian design house Bertone creates one-off Aston Martin shooting brake


Italian design house Bertone creates one-off Aston Martin shooting brake

The Aston Martin Rapide is the latest luxury vehicle to receive some design tweaks from iconic Italian design house and coachbuilding firm Bertone.

But it isn't just the interior that has received a dash of high fashion; the back end of this Rapide – dubbed the Jet 2+2 - has been completely altered to give it the appearance and load-lugging abilities of a shooting brake.

The strict one-off has been given the green light by executives at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon, meaning one lucky (and presumably very well-off) customer will be the owner of the only Rapide shooting brake in existence... for now.

The Jet 2+2 retains the same mechanicals as the Rapide, and the same dimensions also. Power comes from a 470bhp version of Aston's 5.9-litre V12 taken from the current Rapide, rather than the more potent 550bhp version from the upcoming Rapide S.

Bertone claims that the only real difference is the bespoke body shape that features a sharply raked tailgate and pronounced rear end with LED running strip.

The Italian firm has revealed the car to showcase Bertone Officina, the new high-end atelier department of the Italian company that caters for wealthy enthusiasts who want to design their own bespoke car.

Michael Robinson, general director of Bertone, described the Jet 2+2 to AutoCar as, "halfway between an estate and a coupé. It's not a car for going to IKEA to pick up furniture. Traditionally a shooting brake is a two-door design, but this is a four-door which is a new direction and I think we'll see more and more of this type of car in the future.

"This car has an amazing attention to detail. Aston Martin is a maniac for attention to detail and the refinement of Astons today is extremely important for its clients and also for our clients. We fit well to the British design genre."

Inside, occupants are treated to an individual seat thanks to the 2+2 seating layout, plus headroom is increased for rear passengers thanks to the altered body shape.

Special wood, aluminium and two-tone leather trims have also been fitted to give the car the feel of that of a fine-tailored suit.

Bertone claims that demand for bespoke vehicles from exceptionally wealthy clients is on the rise but there is no word from Aston Martin regarding plans for a production Rapide shooting brake.

Bertone Aston Martin Jet 2+2

Bertone Aston Martin Jet 2+2