Shame it's only a one-off concept by Bertone. Go on, Aston, you know you want to...
Fnergh. That, or as close as can be commuted from audio to print, was our initial reaction upon opening these first shots of Bertone’s latest concept. It’s called the Jet 2+2, and it is, we think you’ll agree, rather comely.
Phwoar. Is there a better-looking estate?
It’s based on the Aston Martin Rapide making it, in effect, a Rapide Shooting Brake, and it follows on from Bertone’s previous Vanquish-based Jet 2 concept that was first shown in 2004. We don’t know about you, but we reckon the addition of the two rear doors balance the shape nicely, making the Jet 2+2 an even more shapely thing than its predecessor.
Under the skin, mechanicals are shared with the standard Rapide – in other words, it gets the same 5.9-litre V12 with 470hp, driving the rear wheels through a semi-automatic gearbox, which should give it the ability to hit the 62mph benchmark in under five seconds. Inside, meanwhile, the Rapide’s interior also remains largely unchanged, with four individual seats, although new wood, aluminium and leather trims mark it out as being that little bit more special. The Jet 2+2 also boasts the ability to fold the rear seats flat, meaning you could almost call it practical. Maybe?
Jet 2 was 2+2's predecessor
Sadly, though, as much as that might make it a whisker more justifiable a proposition, you can’t buy one. The Jet 2+2 is strictly a one-off concept planned for Geneva. That said, given increasing popularity of fast estates, and apparent competition in the form of Porsche's Panamera Sport Turismo, perhaps some wheedling in the general direction of Newport Pagnell might convince them that this is exactly what they need to make next.
Even if they don't, we're sure enough money thrown at Bertone would convince them to build another as a bespoke special, in the style of Touring Superleggera's Alfa Romeo 8C-based Disco Volante, or their less-slinky but equally agreeable Bentley Continental Flying Star. There are, in fact, so many big coupe-based brakes to choose from these days that Aston Martin would pretty much be rude not to build one from a Rapide. Or something.
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A one-off? My arse. This is just another increasingly boring pieces of internet enabled market research. One of those, oooh let's release a shot and see what people have to say.
Fine for a mass market brand.
But at this end of the market, Aston should grow a set of balls and innovate. It's a great brand with huge heritage. For goodness sake, lead not follow.
Porsche beat them to this design evolution and Aston is playing catch up. Calling it a one-off is timid and like the DB9/Virage debacle, is a sign of brand weakness.
Salt flat rat27 Feb 2013
I run an Alfa 156 GTA SPORTWAGON as a tooling around car, a BMW X5 4.6 as an off roader, and a DB 9 Volante as a fun car. I'd buy the Aston tomorrow if it was made, especially if it was 4WD !
brucky7427 Feb 2013
I have been telling people for the past few years the Scimitar GTE was way ahead of its time.
bobberz27 Feb 2013
Very strange. I love Astons. I love shooting brakes and fast estates. Bertone is one of my favorite carrozeria. So I should love this. For some reason, I just don't. Don't get me wrong, it is very good looking. I can't quite put my finger on it, I guess I was just expecting something a little more daring from the likes of Bertone, considering their past designs.