The new concept, dubbed the Jet 2+2, is a follow-up to the Italian design house’s previous Jet 2 shooting brake concept, which was unveiled in 2004 and based on the first-generation Aston Martin Vanquish.
The new Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2, Bertone says, celebrates Aston Martin’s centenary this year as well as 60 years of collaboration between the two firms.
Unfortunately, only one example of the Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 will be built. Autocar tells us that the stunning concept was commissioned as “a strict one-off” by a collector and that the project has the full approval of Aston Martin.
As the Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 name suggests, the interior features two rows of comfy seats, which come lined in plush, perforated leather and feature a two-tone design.
Thanks to the new shooting brake bodystyle, there is now more headroom for rear-seat passengers than found in the regular Rapide and the rear seats can be folded flat to create more usable luggage space. The interior of the Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 is also dressed in polished wood and aluminum trim.
Though the Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 features many of the visual enhancements of the latest Aston Martin Rapide S, like the aggressive grille, the powertrain is based on the older model’s spec, which means the car’s 6.0-litre V-12 is tuned to 346 kW rather than the newer car’s 405 kW rating.
That doesn’t matter as the focus here is on the styling. Though the overall dimensions of the Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 are much the same as the regular Rapide sedan, the stretched shoulder line, stubbed rear and One-77-inspired tail-lamps makes the Jet 2+2 really stand out. No doubt we'll see some of these styling elements on future Astons.
Look for both the new Bertone Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 shooting brake concept and 2014 Aston Martin Rapide range at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off on March 5.