Bertone says the C-pillars are bent forwards and connected to the tall, muscular wheel arches to create a perception of movement even when the car is stationary. A sharply raked tailgate and pronounced rear end with a full-length LED light strip running through it helps complete the transformation from saloon to shooting brake.
Michael Robinson, general director of Bertone, said: “The Jet 2+2 has a new proportion. The whole rear end has been pushed forward and we’ve lifted it up to give a much more aggressive look towards the front of the car compared to the fastback version, which is more balanced. This car has a dynamic imbalance, which is a very important part of British design.
“It’s 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 the 2+2 cabin are four individual seats. Headroom is increased for rear passengers over the Rapide saloon thanks to the switch in bodystyle. The two rear seats fold flat and can be covered by a sliding cover to create a sizable luggage space, access to which is aided by a wide loading area when the tailgate is lifted.
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.
Robinson said Bertone was interested in expanding its work with individual clients: “What we are launching is the possibility of making hand-made, tailor-made cars for individual clients. The majority of our work is done in the business-to-business sector with the world’s OEMs, but now we are showing off our business-to-client achievements.
“A very nice man came to ask us if we could build him an Aston Martin shooting brake and the answer was ‘of course’. The client came down to our headquarters and worked with us day and night to select all the details for the project. We’re very happy to work with individual clients in this way."
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