A production Aston Rapide estate would sit at the top of the marque's range
The Shooting Brake is stated to be "about 70 per cent Rapide"
It's a one-off project - currently...
... but Aston is considering producing a limited run
Power comes from Aston's 470bhp V12 engine
It drives much like a standard Rapide
Power is sent to the rear wheels, as per the standard Rapide
The steering is crisp, accurate and direct
Performance is strong thanks to the V12 engine
The cabin feels more spacious than the standard model
The Shooting Brake was styled by Bertone, the Italian coachbuilder
The Aston is suitably prestigious
It makes an excellent long-distance tourer
Rear legroom isn't any better than the Rapide
Subtle badging gives away Bertone's involvement
The car was substantially reworked to convert it in to a shooting brake
The Aston feels worthy of its seven-figure price tag
The ride quality is a little less refined in the rear than in the standard Rapide
It's a stunning piece of design, however
Instruments are from the Rapide...
... as are the controls and media system
The attention to detail is impeccable throughout
Aston's V12 is suitably smooth for a luxury shooting brake
Read load bay is impressively practical
The Rapide Shooting Brake would sit very neatly at the top of Aston's range, if it were to put it in to production
The fit and finish of Bertone's work is impeccable
Bertone also designed this Vanquish-based Jet 2 concept car to accompany the Rapide Shooting Brake
The Bertone Jet 2+2 concept car could become a bona fide Aston Martin in a limited production run, Autocar has learned.
The Jet 2+2 - essentially an Aston Martin Rapide estate - was a hit when it appeared at the Geneva motor show in March as both a tribute to Aston’s centenary and a commemoration of 60 years of Aston and Bertone working together.
It was originally planned as a one-off project for one of Bertone’s wealthiest customers, but Autocar has learned that a small-scale production run is being investigated. If signed off, the Rapide Shooting Brake would sit at the top of Aston’s range.
At the moment, the jury is still out, says Aston, because there are legal issues to sort, plus a debate to be settled as to what the car might be called, should it make it into a limited production series.
Bertone has a strong history of using the Jet name - the car takes its name and styling cues from the Vanquish-based 2004 Jet 2 concept - but Autocar understands that Aston would want the car to be called Rapide Shooting Brake if it is given the green light. Either way, it is understood that the desire is strong on both sides to see the project blossom.
What’s also not yet clear is who precisely would make the car, should it become a production reality. If fewer than 10 examples are made, Bertone would build the car at its HQ just outside Turin. But if more than 10 are made, then Aston will build them at Gaydon.