Bertone Aston Martin Jet 2+2

Bertone Jet 2+2 is a family-style Aston Martin Rapide

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Leave it to Bertone to take a stab at improving the look of the Aston Martin Rapide. The coachbuilder may have done just that with its Jet 2+2 shooting brake unveiled here at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Using the sexy Aston four-door as a basis, the coachbuilder worked the Aston’s rear quarters and lifted the roof into a proper hatch, resulting in a machine with plenty of cargo space out back (though rear seat room doesn’t appear to be much better than the production sedan). An LED span joins the vehicle’s two taillights, and the design looks far more cohesive than the original renderings led us to believe.

An unnamed collector commissioned the one-off build, and Bertone is using the longroof to mark the 60th anniversary of the company’s first partnership with Aston Martin. We couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate the date. The stock 6.0-liter V12 remains unsullied, cranking out 476 horsepower, though Bertone has given the interior a once-over with unique wood, glazed aluminum and two leather colors specified by the indiv >

ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE BERTONE

International Car Show Geneva 2013

A dream sports car to celebrate a double historical anniversary. At the International Car
Show of Geneva, Bertone celebrates the Aston Martin centenary and Sixty years of
cooperation between the Italian Company and the prestigious English Brand presenting an
interpretation of the Aston Martin Rapide.

It is a luxurious and refined shooting-brake realized as a one-off vehicle, keeping
unchanged the mechanical engineering of the original model (6 litres V 12 cylinders engine
476 HP), combining a stretched and muscular car body and a functional use of the
hatchback. The Rapide Bertone was commissioned by an Aston Martin collector who took
part in person in the whole development of the project, from the first phases of the style
research to the manufacture of the car in the workshop, choosing the bodywork paint as
well as the leather trimming and the cockpit upholstery.

Close to the Rapide Bertone a new exemplar of the Aston Martin Jet 2 is proposed, once
again a shooting-brake realized in 2004 based on the Vanquish. In this case the exposed
model in Geneva was especially set up for the president of the Company, Mrs Lilli Bertone,
with trimmings personalized by Foglizzo Leather (a prestigious Italian Brand founded in
1921) and special paint.

Both the cars were manufactured by «Bertone Officina» (Bertone Workshop), the new
company department organized as a high fashion atelier, completely designed for the
production of custom-built models coherently integrating in the historical tradition of
Bertone. That means a «tailor made» service for special customers, but also an example of
how Bertone could help the manufacturers to vary their own range making «custom-built»
cars, exactly as they made in the Fifties and Sixties, with all the standards of quality and
safety of a modern car manufacturer.

Refined elegance and functionality

The starting point of style definition was the celebration of the identity of Aston Martin
brand through Bertone’s interpretation. The car body, originated by stretched and
muscular lines, suggesting its propensity to jerk, explores with smart dynamism the
expressive potential of the original model.

The idea of the movement is evoked by the back pillar bent forward, welded to the
powerful muscle of the back wheel arch, in order to transmit the optical perception of
speed, typical of a stretching musculature. The high and enveloping tail volume is
characterized by two horizontal optical groups and the wide hatchback.
The cockpit presents a 2+2 configuration, with four single chairs.

The use flexibility typical of the shooting-brake is also expressed through personalized
furniture solutions, like two foldable back seats. An electrical controlled double sliding
bottom covers the two seatbacks, when they are folded up, making available a completely
plain load van with exceptional capacity.

The wood upholsteries, refined with glazed aluminium, with precious two-coloured leather
trimming, were chosen by the customer, who found in Bertone the historical atmosphere of
great Italian car body designers, with the exclusive pleasure to get a custom-tailored car
just like a good dressmaking clothe.

Aston Martin of Bertone: 60 years of history

The cooperation between Bertone and Aston Martin is Sixty years old. Indeed it is 1953
the year of birth of two one-off vehicles manufactured on the base of Aston Martin
mechanical engineering DB2/4: a small boat type competition and a 2+2 smart cabriolet.
With the years passing by, the DB2/4 small boat highlights some stylistic features that
would have become «classical» of Bertone: low and thin windscreen, showy air intake on
the engine bonnet, horizontal calender, back mudguards very enveloping and stretched to
give impetus to the back volume.

BD2/4 Cabriolet shows a formal work very sober. The facade is completely structured
around the big chrome-plated Aston Martin calander, that includes two additional
headlights. Like on the Small Boat, the engine bonnet is moved by a long air intake. The
side sight offers a smooth and measured side, defined by a long front bonnet and by a
picked-up and muscular tail, tapered off downward.

In 1955 once again is the DB2/4 mechanical engineering that inspires Bertone for a «pure»
two-seat roadster of great formal elegance. The treatment of the volumes has become
softer and more fluid. The air intake on the engine bonnet has disappeared in favour of a
higher and showier calender. The back volume is characterised by the «fins» overcoming
the mudguards. In a bodywork so much classic, in a surprizing way is inserted a
panoramic «American shape» windscreen, as a gift by the fashion of that time.

In 1961 was born a 2+2 coupé still living today that is considered one between the most
successful creations of Bertone: DB4 GT (realized in only one model, this car won the Villa
d’Este Elegance Competition in 2001) presented with the name of Jet at the Geneva Show
in 1961. With Aston Martin Jet the theme of gran turismo is developed according to stylist
canons that at that time excite astonishment and admiration. The car shows a sinuous and
fluid side, connected to the tail volume by a stretch «muscle» on the back wheel arch. The
thin roof, leant with delicacy to the back pillar, defines a picked-up and bright cockpit like
the airplane cockpit. For lots of years, Aston Martin Bertone Jet has been the icon of the
Italian sport coupé.

In 2004, at the International Car Show of Geneva, Aston Martin Jet 2 is presented.
Realized as one-off based on the Vanquish mechanical engineering, Jet 2 regains the
engine, the loading platform planning (the step lengthened of 210 mm allowed getting two
back seats not foreseen by the original model) and all the elements of body «under leather»
not to change the elements submitted to validation. With Aston Martin Jet 2, Bertone
propose again in modern terms, a product linked to historical tradition of Italian car body
designers that, above all in the Fifties and Sixties, dressed with «haute couture» the most
fascinating sports cars.

Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake 2013-2014 review

    • Steve Sutcliffe

      If that run is less than 10, then the cars will be made by Bertone. But if it’s more than 10, Aston will build them instead, at Gaydon, probably (not that anyone from Aston will confirm or deny any plans for such a model as it stands…).

      Either way, from the moment you set eyes on the Shooting Brake Rapide, you just know that its styling is right. It looks so natural, in fact, that it’s a wonder Aston Martin didn’t come up with the idea in-house.

      Putting a price on such a one-off car is hard if not impossible to do, but at a guess you’d have to think that the Aston Martin is worth at least £1.5m, possibly more.

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      Beneath its elegantly stretched lines the Shooting Brake is “about 70 per cent Rapide” according to its chief designer, ex-Rover man and a very proud Britain who works abroad, Adrian Griffiths.

      That means, effectively, that it uses the previous generation’s 470bhp V12 and the same rear wheel-drive chassis as the regular Rapide. Mechanically, in other words, it is pure Rapide.

      “We basically had to take the car apart and then put most of it back together again” admits Griffiths.

      “But we realised early on that we had to lift the rear haunches substantially because the whole car was sitting too low at the back. I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved, the client is very happy, and so are the people at Aston Martin.”

      In the flesh, the Rapide Shooting Brake looks big but also delicate, and its new tail end contains some quite extraordinarily exquisite detailing in the form of a moveable parcel shelf.

      From the driver’s seat the cabin feels much more spacious and airy than the standard Rapide, even though there’s no more legroom in the rear on account of the car being not a single millimetre longer than the standard car.

      What there is, is a great deal more rear headroom, though, plus a fair bit more space for luggage, too, neither of which are strong points in the standard Rapide.

      As a machine in which to waft from one continent to another, four up, with plenty of luggage in tow, the Shooting Brake has few if any real rivals. Inside, it feels worth every single one of the millions of pounds that it costs.

      On the road, the Aston Martin Shooting Brake feels much like the car on which it’s based, albeit with a touch less ride refinement in the rear seats, if and when you encounter a really rough road surface. Its performance is strong, the exhaust note rousing and even the steering feels crisp and direct.

      To drive, it feels remarkably like the regular Rapide to be honest, which is probably the biggest compliment you could pay the people at Bertone who not only designed but built the car in the first place.

      At the moment you can’t because this is the only one in the world. However, if the rumours about Aston Martin being so taken with the car are true, that situation may change in the not too distant future. In which case expect a limited production run to appear at some stage, maybe.

      It’d be a shame if they didn’t make a few more because, apart from anything else, the Shooting Brake Rapide is a stunning piece of design that would, you suspect, sit very neatly at the top of Aston’s range.

      Bertone has already done the hard bit, after all, and now all Aston needs to do is build it.

      Bertone Aston Martin Jet 2+2

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      A dream sports car to celebrate a double historical anniversary. At the International Car Show of Geneva, Bertone celebrates the Aston Martin centenary and Sixty years of cooperation between the Italian Company and the prestigious English Brand presenting an interpretation of the Aston Martin Rapide.

      It is a luxurious and refined shooting-brake realized as a one-off vehicle, keeping unchanged the mechanical engineering of the original model (6 litres V 12 cylinders engine 476 HP), combining a stretched and muscular car body and a functional use of the hatchback. The Rapide Bertone was commissioned by an Aston Martin collector who took part in person in the whole development of the project, from the first phases of the style research to the manufacture of the car in the workshop, choosing the bodywork paint as well as the leather trimming and the cockpit upholstery.

      Close to the Rapide Bertone a new exemplar of the Aston Martin Jet 2 is proposed, once again a shooting-brake realized in 2004 based on the Vanquish. In this case the exposed model in Geneva was especially set up for the president of the Company, Mrs Lilli Bertone, personalized with trimming signed by Foglizzo (a prestigious Italian Brand founded in 1925) and special paint.

      Both the cars were manufactured by «Bertone Officina» (Bertone Workshop), the new company department organized as a high fashion atelier, completely designed for the production of custom-built models coherently integrating in the historical tradition of Bertone. That means a «tailor made» service for special customers, but also an example of how Bertone could help the manufacturers to vary their own range making «custom-built» cars, exactly as they made in the Fifties and Sixties, with all the standards of quality and safety of a modern car manufacturer.

      The starting point of style definition was the celebration of the identity of Aston Martin brand through Bertone’s interpretation. The car body, originated by stretched and muscular lines, suggesting its propensity to jerk, explores with smart dynamism the expressive potential of the original model.

      The idea of the movement is evoked by the back pillar bent forward, welded to the powerful muscle of the back wheel arch, in order to transmit the optical perception of speed, typical of a stretching musculature. The high and enveloping tail volume is characterized by two horizontal optical groups and the wide hatchback.

      The cockpit presents a 2+2 configuration, with four single chairs. Noting that, compared with the original model, the partial redefinition of the back volume allowed notably increasing the vertical habitability for the back passengers.

      The use flexibility typical of the shooting-brake is also expressed through personalized furniture solutions, like two foldable back seats. An electrical controlled double sliding bottom covers the two seatbacks, when they are folded up, making available a completely plain load van with exceptional capacity.

      The wood upholsteries, refined with glazed aluminium, with precious two-coloured leather trimming, were chosen by the customer, who found in Bertone the historical atmosphere of great Italian car body designers, with the exclusive pleasure to get a custom-tailored car just like a good dressmaking clothe.
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      Задался вопросом кто же это Bertone что за тюнинг ателье и вот что мне удалось нарыть:
      Bertone — итальянская автомобильная компания, которая специализировалась на производстве автомобилей, стайлинге и разработке дизайна кузовов.

      В Bertone занимались созданием дизайна для Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Citroën, Ferrari, Fiat, Iso Rivolta, Lancia, Lamborghini, Mercedes Benz, Opel и Volvo среди прочих. Вдобавок компания Bertone ответственна за два дизайнерских проекта для двух известных итальянских мотоскутеров Lambretta. В конце 1980-х, компания Bertone разрабатывала дизайн для велошлема K20 для швейцарского велосипеда и мотошлема для производителя «Kiwi».

      Компанию основали в Грульяско, под наименованием Carrozzeria Bertone в 1912 году Джованни Бертони (Giovanni Bertone) и дизайнер Нуччио Бертоне (Nuccio Bertone). Компания была разделена на две части — Carrozzeria, которая выпускала 40 000 автомобилей в год в лучшие времена и студия дизайна Stile Bertone.

      Все права на брэнд Bertone, патенты и исторический архив в 2009 году перешли компании Bertone Cento во главе с Лилли Бертоне[1]. В то время, как 6 августа 2009 Министерство экономического развития Италии дало разрешение на передачу производственных мощностей в Грульяско под новым именем FGA-OAG (Officine Automobilistiche Grugliasco) Группе Fiat.

      В июле 2014 Туринский суд признал банкротом Stile Bertone.

      Эксклюзивные права на бренд Bertone и логотип со стилизованной «b» перешли в начале мая 2013 от Bertone Cento группе предпринимателей во главе с Aldo Cingolani, и сейчас Bertone переехала в Милан[5], чтобы возродиться на мировом уровне и в различных сферах — от архитектуры и промышленного дизайна, до моды под именем Bertone Design.

      Bertone Design осуществляет проекты и в сфере железнодорожного транспорта. В 2015 году будут запущены в эксплуатацию их Frecciarossa 1000 для Trenitalia и пригородный поезд «Jazz» для Alstom.
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      So soon? But I haven’t even shoehorned in any exuberant motoring clichés like ‘soul’ and ‘passion’ and ‘heritage’ and ‘ruddy hell it’s gorgeous’. Indulge me, O’ impatient reader.

      Fine. Be quick. What is it?

      It’s an Aston Martin Rapide, re-imagined by legendary Italian coachbuilder Bertone as a shooting brake, in honour of Aston’s 100th anniversary. A present to an old friend, if you will.

      I’ve seen this before, haven’t I?

      Whose idea was it?

      Ah, at first the identity of the collector who had commissioned Bertone to produce this one-off was kept under tight Italian wraps, but seeing as his name is emboldened on the plaque inside the cabin, well, it’s a bit pointless. Barry Weir, classic car rally maestro and Aston connoisseur, approached Bertone in the summer of 2012 with an idea. Thankfully, it was a good one. Says Adrian: “We’re very lucky that a client came up to us and wanted this specific iteration. If it was something else that we felt didn’t do justice to either Bertone or Aston Martin, or was fundamentally the wrong point to start from, it would have been a hard call.”

      Go on then, tell me about the build.

      It took around three and a half months, including a ‘style freeze’ at the tail end of last year, because of course, Aston itself was busy updating the Rapide too. Marek Reichmann — Aston designer and himself no stranger to sketching out gorgeous shapes (see the One-77) — was shown Bertone’s original grille idea, but told the guys to wait and use the new one. “That was a really cool thing to do,” enthuses Adrian.

      First came the renderings, the drawings and the photographic imagery, shown to Aston — who gave the green light — after which a ‘Frankenstein’ full-scale model was built out of plaster. The proportions of this were hand manoeuvred into the correct position, the model was scanned, and reverse moulds were created. Then, Bertone’s crack team of engineers beat in the panels by hand. They used aluminium, sheet metal, carbon fibre, and of course, glass for that roof. Inside, the structure remains the same, other than some natty detailing with the wood and leather, and of course, the sliding boot cover (manual for now, electric in development).

      The roof is a revelation. It opens up the cabin and makes it feel enormous. They’re currently looking at making this glass ‘dimmable’. American Mike Robinson, Bertone’s design director, told us: “We’re working on making the roof have zones that you can turn down visually. Rather than have a roller blind in a 1930s style, we wanted a dimmer. This is the digital age, remember.”

      It’s a lovely looking thing, superbly finished on the outside, with genuine headroom inside. Mike Robinson laughed that even his 6ft 5in frame had room to spare in the back. A certain economy with the truth is evident there, as actual legroom is the same as the Rapide, and still a bit tight. But this was never going to change, because, as Adrian tells us, even though there was a request to improve rear space, they just couldn’t change everything as it would affect the stance and architecture of the car. “We had to make sure the integrity of the original build by Aston Martin was kept intact,” he says.

      So, what about underneath?

      Bertone hasn’t even sniffed at the drivetrain. In the words of the Italians, ‘we just tailor the suit’. So nothing changes chassis-wise. It’s the last-generation Aston Rapide, which means a 6.0-litre V12 with 476bhp, and a 0-62mph time of around 5.3 seconds. We say around, because the whole thing weighs pretty much the same as a regular Rapide — around 1990kg — so performance should remain the same.

      And on the road?

      The Rapide has always been a lovely car to glide around in, and the Jet 2+2 is no different. The steering feels spot on, the damping is excellent and everything feels resolved. OK, this being a concept car/one-off means you get quite a few more squeaks, rattles and groans because of the new rear, but other than that, it’s the same car. And of course, TG isn’t about to start wailing around like a lunatic in somebody else’s priceless, one-off collector’s piece.

      Priceless, you say?

      Naturally, Bertone won’t tell us the exact price of the Jet 2+2, but rumours suggest it’s worth somewhere in the region of £1.1m.

      Woah. Ok, now can you shut up and take my money?

      Exactly what part of ‘one-off’ are you unfamiliar with? Bertone won’t be drawn on the Jet 2+2’s future, but, be patient… while the Italians won’t be drawn on a proper confirmation, we’re told ‘discussions are ongoing’ regarding a small production run of these shooting brake Rapides. And that, dear readers, is a good thing.

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