Kamis, 06 Juni 2013

Hot News: Aston Martin Considering to Produce Rapide Shooting Brake

The Bertone Jet 2+2 concept car could become a bona fide Aston Martin in a limited production run, Autocar has learned.

The Jet 2+2 - essentially an Aston Martin Rapide estate - was a hit when it appeared at the Geneva motor show in March as both a tribute to Aston’s centenary and a commemoration of 60 years of Aston and Bertone working together.

It was originally planned as a one-off project for one of Bertone’s wealthiest customers, but Autocar has learned that a small-scale production run is being investigated. If signed off, the Rapide Shooting Brake would sit at the top of Aston’s range.

At the moment, the jury is still out, says Aston, because there are legal issues to sort, plus a debate to be settled as to what the car might be called, should it make it into a limited production series.

Bertone has a strong history of using the Jet name - the car takes its name and styling cues from the Vanquish-based 2004 Jet 2 concept - but Autocar understands that Aston would want the car to be called Rapide Shooting Brake if it is given the green light. Either way, it is understood that the desire is strong on both sides to see the project blossom.

What’s also not yet clear is who precisely would make the car, should it become a production reality. If fewer than 10 examples are made, Bertone would build the car at its HQ just outside Turin. But if more than 10 are made, then Aston will build them at Gaydon.

Thanks to: Autocar

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