Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2

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Aston Martin Bertone Jet 2+2
Aston Martin Bertone Jet 2+2 Shooting Brake (2014) (19650800359).jpg
Overview
ManufacturerAston Martin Lagonda Limited
Gruppo Bertone
Production2013
AssemblyGaydon, Warwickshire, England (original assembly)
Turin, Italy (coach building)
DesignerAdrian Griffiths[1]
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer (S)
Body style5-door Shooting brake
LayoutFront mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
PlatformVH Generation3
RelatedAston Martin Rapide
Powertrain
Engine6.0 L V12
Transmission6-speed ZF 6HP26 (Touchtronic II) automatic

The Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2 is a one-off shooting brake manufactured in collaboration with Gruppo Bertone. It was shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.[2]

The car was intended as a one-off special only but considering the positive response, Bertone decided to put the car into small scale production. The company went into receivership shortly after and the production run didn't came to fruition. The Bertone Jet 2+2 pays homage to the original Aston Martin DB4 GTS Jet 2+3 which was launched in 1968.

History[edit]

rear view

The project was undertaken in the request of renowned car collector Barry Weir in the Summer of 2012. The rear of the car took three and a half months to design and the final design was frozen because Aston Martin's chief designer Marek Reichman urged the designers at Bertone to use the updated grille design of the Rapide for the front of the car.

The final design was shown to the design team at Aston Martin and after approval, a full size clay model was built in order to smoothen out any imperfections. After the design was finalised, the coach work was performed by hand and the car was completed in 2013.[3]

Specifications[edit]

The Bertone Jet features aluminium body panels shaped by hand and carbon fibre body work. The car also features a panoramic sunroof made entirely of glass and folding rear seats. A roof dimming system was said to have been in development as well as electric folding rear seats. The headroom is improved at the rear seats due to the car's shooting brake body style but the legroom remains the same because the engineers and designers did not want to change the overall proportions of the donor car. The car's mechanical components remain unchanged and it utilises the same 6.0-litre V12 engine found in a Rapide while having the same weight at 1,990 kg (4,387 lb).

The rear lights are similar to the Vanquish and a small integrated rear spoiler is installed to improve aerodynamics.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sutcliffe, Steve. "Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake 2013-2014 review". Autocar. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
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  3. ^ a b Pattni, Vijay (14 May 2013). "First Drive: Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2". Top Gear. Retrieved 9 October 2018.

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